Daylight on 2 August found all eleven survivors clinging to the wreckage of PT-109 about four miles north and slightly east of Gizo anchorage. McMahon was wounded in the collision. The wreck of a high-speed patrol boat commanded by John F. Kennedy during World War II has been discovered in New York’s Harlem River. Contribute Information Nicknamed ″Pappy,″ he was the oldest member of the PT-109 crew because he enlisted in the Navy at age 37. PT-109 was rammed and split in two by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri at about 2:30 am on the morning of August 2, 1943. Click HERE for a little blurb on it. His actions to save his surviving crew after the sinking of PT-109 made him a war hero. … (j.g.) Though exempt because of his age, McMahon was determined to serve when his stepson, then 19, enlisted in the Navy one day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Search for Kennedy's PT 109 is a National Geographic television special and video on DVD, directed by Peter Getzels. On August 2, 1943, PT 109 was struck by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and the entire crew was thrown into the Pacific. See more ideas about Pt boat, Warship, Boat.
See the official report, “Sinking of PT 109 and subsequent rescue of survivors,” prepared 22 August 1943 by Lt. A National Geographic expedition led by explorer Robert Ballard has found what is believed to be the remains of John F. Kennedy's PT-109. When it became obvious the boat remnants would sink, Kennedy decided to abandon ship to a small island some four miles southeast of Gizo, hoping to avoid any Japanese garrisons that way. Ron Member. Two of the crew Marney and Kirksey went Missing In Action (MIA) during the collision. The story was told in PT 109, a 1961 book, and a movie of the same title two years later. Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by Ron, May 29, 2002. PT-109 was a PT boat (patrol torpedo boat) last commanded by Lieutenant (junior grade) John F. Kennedy, future United States President, in the Pacific theater during World War II. Robert D. Ballard has found JFK's PT-109. Hey breaking news! It documents the true story of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 from World War II, and the successful search for the ship by Dr. Robert Ballard. The collision sank PT-109, splitting the vessel into two pieces.
Fates of the Crew Commanding the Patrol Torpedo Craft (PT) PT 109, Lieutenant Kennedy and his crew participated in early Allied war campaigns. Oh well!

On August 2, 1943 at 1:30am while motoring in the Blacket Strait, PT-109 was rammed by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. Sheesh he could find that little thing but couldn't find even 1 of 4 japanese carriers at midway! National Geographic "The Search For Kennedy's PT 109 (video) Collision With History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109 National Geographic "JFK's PT-109 Found, U.S. Navy Confirms" July 11, 2002 National Geographic PT Boat torpedo tube (photo) Navy Source - PT-109. (j.g.) PT-109 found?! J. C. McClure, USNR, and Lt. Dec 29, 2019 - Explore baughman70's board "PT-109" on Pinterest. Byron R. White, USNR, Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla One intelligence officers, Naval Historical Center, Washington D.C. Dr Robert D Ballard, who discovered Titanic, Bismarck and dozens of other lost ships, announces that he has found PT 109, John F Kennedy's wartime boat, … PT-109's collision with a Japanese destroyer contributed to Kennedy's long-term back problems and required months of hospitalization at Chelsea Naval Hospital. John F. Kennedy joined the US Navy in 1941 and was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific during World War II.