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 Author  Topic: Thru these portals, etc.
Russell Pullano

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Hi All, Has anyone ever posted a picture of the archway in Tulagi that mentioned the subject. If they have, I missed it. If available, I would appreciate seeing it posted again.

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CJ Willis

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Russ: How about the sign as you entered Tulagi harbor - high on the bluff on the port side. "Kill Japs, Kill Japs, Kill more Japs etc.
Signed Bull Halsey. I can't recall now the rest of the quote on the sign. I am sure someone on the board here can refresh my memory.

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Michael

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G'Day Russ and CJ,
I remember seeing a better photo than these 2 that i found on the net,but some one will have it. It Read;

Admiral HALSEY says
Kill Japs Kill Japs
Kill More Japs
You will help kill the yellow bastards
if You do your job WELL.

Then and Now Pictures





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Russell Pullano

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C J I guess uyou got your answer better than I could hav given it to you

russ


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CJ Willis

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Thanks Michael: The sign has always been a lasting memory for me.

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  Michael

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Michael   Send Email To Michael Posted on: Mar 7, 2009 - 1:50pm
Russ,
as you probably know the sign read;

Calvertville
Thru these portals pass the Best MTB Flotilla in the world.

If you go to the Topics page and click on SEARCH and type in TULAGI
all the past posts on Tulagi will come up,click on the first one named CALVERTVILLE and theres a picture of the sign posted by Nat Smith.on June 16 2008.
Cheers Mate

http://www.ptboats.org/cgi-local/sitenetbbs/netboardr.cgi?fid=102&cid=101&tid=836&sc=20&pg=1&x=0

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Nathaniel Smith

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These are the versions I have.

Admiral HALSEY says
Kill Japs Kill Japs
Kill More Japs
You will help kill the yellow bastards
if You do your job WELL.

"CALVERTVILLE - THRU THESE PORTALS PASS THE BEST MTB FOLTILLA IN THE WORLD"
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Russell Pullano

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Nate, the picture of Tulagi that you posted brought back memories of the wonderful officers that we were blessed to have in the PT navy. As I see the men walking along, I remember me walking along that same path and a question that I asked one of the men walking in front of me.
I was new, just shipped up from Noumea, New Caledonia, drafted into MTB Ron 9.
I tapped the sailor in front of me addressed him as "mate", and asked him a question. He obliged and gave me an answer. A sailor who, at that time, was coming in the opposite direction overheard me , and hesitated until the sailor of whom I asked the question had moved along
. He stopped me and asked "Do you know who you just called "mate" ? I of course had no idea and answered "no"..He said, That is Hank Brantingham, the executive officer of ron 9."
Brantingham never scolded me for not giving an officer the respect that I should have. I guess He knew that I looked like a stranger and that I was new and didn't recognize a sailor in overhalls as anyone more important than a member of PT boats.
That was one example of the close relationship of the officers and the enlisted men inPT's.
Russ


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