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Russell Pullano

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Not sure if any of you have this but you can click on the link below and download the .pdf file of the Report On Loss Of PT-109




http://www.ptboats.org/Report_on_Loss_of_PT-109.pdf



This was sent to me by Henry Covington who was a motormac on the 162 boat. The last I knew of Hank, he was or still is , in a vet hospital in Biloxi Miss. According he cannot talk or communicate. I believe if he had passed away his son would have contacted me. I haven't heard from his son in months.

Hank was injured On July 3, 1943, when Erwin Todd was killed. Todd City in Calvertsville, in Tulagi was named in his honor.He sent me a printout of Todd that is not very good.

The lasting memory I will always of Hank is that he sent me his Knights of the Sea book. To me it is a treasure. I was assigned to the 162 in October 1943.


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Russell Pullano

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This post is credited to Dick Washichek, whom I sent this to and asked him to post it for me. I wish to heartily thank Divk for his cooperation and all he has done for this board.. Without him this board would not have exisred.
Thanks Dick and Bless You...

Russ


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Russell Pullano

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Pardon me for the typo errors I should have reviewed the previous post before sending it. My fingers hit the adjacent key a couple of times. Oh well,...old age.


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  Michael

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Thanks Russ,i will copy it to my Computer,so you wont have to email it to me now.
Wholeheartedly agree with your comments on Dick too.
Keep brushing up on that Aussie Slang,Cobber.
See Ya Mate,


Michael

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Thanks Russ & Dick for this most Historical Posting. Russ do you have a copy of this, or do you actually own the original..........


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Russell Pullano

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fRANK,...I only have a copy...I thought that I sent you a copy a couple of years ago. If you don't have one, you can download this, or I'll send it to you in an e-mail.


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Drew Cook

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Notice the report states that approximately only ten seconds passed between the initial sighting of the Amagiri, coming out of the pitch-black night, and its ramming of the 109...

It could have happened to any one of the fifteen PTs out that night. It just happened to have been the 109.

The rest, as they say, is history.


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Russell Pullano

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Drew, Do you know if Ferguson Passage and Blackett Strait come together at some point. If they do, then I can tell you what I remember what I was told by the crew on the 162 boat. . If so, it would explain why it was only 10 seconds from sighting and collision.

Russ


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PeterTareBuilder

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Shalom.

Drew wrote: "Notice the report states that approximately only ten seconds passed between the initial sighting of the Amagiri, coming out of the pitch-black night, and its ramming of the 109...

It could have happened to any one of the fifteen PTs out that night. It just happened to have been the 109.

The rest, as they say, is history."

This is a fantastic example ofthe old adage about war being, Extensive periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror."

So many sailed, flew and marched into harm's way. I give thanks for those that took up the torch.

Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

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PeterTareBuilder

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Shalom Russel.

I just looked at a map and it shows that Ferguson Passage joins Blackett Strait like a T with the top of the T being Blacket Strait.

Here is the map.



Cheers from Peter

"Give me a faster PT boat for I'd like to get out of harm's way!"

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