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.
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.