THE PT 109 INCIDENT ~ ON THIS DATE IN 1943

pt-109 crew

April 1943, 25-year-old Lt. John F. Kennedy arrived in the Pacific and took command
of the Patrol Torpedo boat, PT 109. Just months later,the most famous collision in
U.S. Navy history occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on August 2, 1943 when the boat
collided with a Japanese destroyer, killing two of his men.

pt-109 poster-original


Jimmy Dean’s PT-109 was one of the five top forty songs he had in
1962 and was the biggest hit, reaching the top ten on the charts.The
above video contains scenes from the 1963 biographical film PT-109
staring Cliff Robertson as Lt. John F. Kennedy.

posted by Bob Karm in ANNIVERSARY,Disaster,HISTORY,MILITARY,POLITICAL,WAR and have Comments (2)

2 Responses to “THE PT 109 INCIDENT ~ ON THIS DATE IN 1943”

  1. Barby says:

    NIce song with a good video to go with! Thanks for posting this….I have great respect for what our vets went through back then!

  2. […] Japs Almost Get Kennedy”—at the Tiger Theater advertising showings of the Young JFK biopic PT 109 in the weeks preceding his assassination, John F. Kennedy may not have been terribly popular in […]

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