PT-109 was a Patrol Torpedo boat commanded by Lieutenant, junior grade John F.
Kennedy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Kennedy’s actions to save his
crew during the sinking of their boat after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer
off Ghizo Island. made him a war hero and proved helpful in his political career.
After Kennedy became president, the incident inspired a song,many books, movies,
and various television series, The wreck of PT-109 was discovered in May of 2002
by Robert Ballard, a former U.S.Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at
the University of Rhode Island.