PT Boats and Presidents

LTJG John Kennedy aboard PT 109 in 1943 somewhere in the Pacific

LTJG John Kennedy aboard PT 109 in 1943 somewhere in the Pacific

This past week saw the 50 year remembrance of JFK’s assassination and funeral. I was in the sixth grade in 1963 and grew up with the memory of WWII close at hand(thus this site). Most folks my age will know of PT 109 and President Kennedy’s war service. If you don’t know, I’m sharing a wiki link and an image from that story. My dad spoke of seeing a few PT boats at Milne Bay and how the guys were awed by the “mosquito fleet” as they were known.

The image of JFK in the cockpit, shirtless wearing his fatigue hat rings true of that era(check shots of my dad thusly attired). Here’s the link; read and remember or read and learn. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_109#cite_note-MaritimeQuest.2C_PT_109-1