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Alamo Scout

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Jan 19, 2009 - 10:24am
Hello everyone. I need your help finding PT boat crews to interview for an upcoming book!

As the historian for the Alamo Scouts Assn., I am compiling an oral history of the unit to include accounts by PT boat members who had contact with and/or who supported Scout missions in New Guinea from Dec 43-Oct 44 and in the Philippines from Oct 44-Oct 45. I believe that including accounts from PT boat veterans adds balance and perspective to the Scouts incredible record of some 110 missions behind the lines without losing a man killed or captured, and will help shed light on the importance of PT boats and their crews in the Scouts success. It is hoped that the book will be published late this year. I have already interviewed over a dozen men and hope to continue for another six months.
Those Alamo Scouts missions supported by PT boats operated mostly from Fergusson Island, Mios Woendi, Biak, and Roemberpon Island in 1944, and from and from numerous advance PT bases on Leyte and Luzon. Those PT boats and other naval craft known to have supported Alamo Scouts training and live operations are:

PTs 74, 127, 132, 190, 193, 194, 300, 312, 317, 321, 326, 331, 363, 379, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 494, 495, 497, 522, 523, 524, 546, 551. LCIs 364, 432. LCS 10, LST 708.

If you served aboard one the boats listed above or on another boat which supported the Alamo Scouts, please drop me an email. Thanks for your helpand for your service. Please visit our website at: www.alamoscouts.org


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George Linck Son

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My father was in New Guinea in '44, then went on to Leyte and up - on PT 525 at Leyte and was an officer on the boat delivering MacArthur to the beach. You would have to interview him in person at his home in Lake Pleasant, NY, because those 20 mm guns ruined his hearing and he's useless on the phone! (He's on a locally produced video or cd telling stories, though.)


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LANCE....Sam Goddess is the historian for Ron 12. He does an excellent job. Also, he was a radioman on the 194 boat.
I do not know his e-mail address anymore. However, the last that I know, he lives in Bethlehem, PA. You probably can get his phone number with the white pages. If you have any trouble contacting him, let me know and I will see if I have his information somewhere. Good Luck

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Ray Wilbur

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Hi Lance,
How's that book coming? Can't wait to get a copy!

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Russ,

Thanks for the tip--I'll investigate immediately. And to all those who've supplied leads for the book--thank you! I'm about 400+ pages into it and I'm hoping to wrap it up late this summer.

Lance

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George Linck Son

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I talked to my father over the phone through Mom. He did remember men with black faces, she told me. Was that the Alamo Scouts?

You can reach me in Saranac Lake, NY... 518-891-1195.


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Lance, did you ever contact Sam Goddess from the 194 boat in Ron 12 ?

Here's what I got from the white pages. This is the correct Sam Goddess.

Sam Goddess
2026 Willow Park Rd

Bethlehem, PA 18020-5644

(610) 691-6335

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Russ,

Yes, I did contact Sam. Thank you. He and I are going to get together for an interview in the near future. Appreciate your help!

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