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 Author  Topic: Stories From A 103 Veteran
Jeff D

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Master Chief Jack Duncan, retired, sent me some great stories and allowed me to post them. He was a torpedoman on PT 103, my sites namesake, which I thought was very cool. They can be found here:

http://www.pt103.com/PT_Boat_Veteran_Stories.html



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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Jeff

Thanks for sharing this wonderful link into the life of this gentlemen. I read it with much interest, and found it fasinating. More Vets should do this during their free time..............


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  TED WALTHER

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Jeff;
Great stuff! Great Mustache!! Ask Jack if he was at the UDT/SEAL Museum muster in November 2000. He looks very familiar, I believe he and his wife went for a ride on my MKV SOC. We gave rides to all the UDT guys that came over to our boats, which were docked at the FT Pierce Yacht Club. We even had two NCDU guys from Normandy ride on our boat that day! Joe DeMartino(S1/c in 1944, later the 2nd CO of SEAL TEAM TWO!) and another gentleman. If you do talk to Jack, ask him who had the handle bar mustache first, him or Master Chief(SEAL) Hershel Davis (Ret.)(ST2, UDT 21,NSWU 4, CMC NSWU 1,CMC ST5,CMC NSWU 8, BULLFROG)!
take care,
TED


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Jeff,

Could/would you please email me offsite?

I'd like to pick your brain about how you do your drawings sir.

Thank you,

Garth


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Jeff D

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I loved his stories too, as I do the stories from the veterans that post here. I'm hoping he can be cajoled into stopping by here once in a while. I mentioned this site to him and he replied that he is a long-time member of PT Boats, Inc. going back into the 1960s, and even chaired one of the Reunions in the early '70s, bringing two of the PTFs in to the dock at the foot of Broadway in SDiego. (pretty much a direct quote)

I had a fellow from Canada e-mail me last week also, he's restoring a 63' wartime layout AVR. After a few e-mails he mentioned this:

You'd love to talk to the older fellow in that one bridge shot. He was on Elco's from Guadalcanal to Borneo.....4 years. Was in Kennedy's RON. Actually had JFK supervise him while he wrote a letter back (stateside) to his father...under the order of Wm Buckley Sr! Quite a character.

I'll try to see if he can stop by too...

Garth, the secret is in the english I put into my hair pulling. I'll e-mail details of the special twist I use.



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HA!

Thanks Jeff, I'll await your email.

Garth


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I asked him Ted, got this response:

No, I didn't make that UDT reunion. We did visit the Museum along about maybe 2002 or so. Empty! My 1945 tent was nowhere to be found.

Didn't know Hershel had grown a mustache. Mine was in protest of Marlene's being gone every summer. The Olympic Training Center (USA Shooting) assigned her to a posh summer camp in Pecos Canyon, NM, to pioneer a camping Junior Olympic shooting program. We were unaware that the assignment would last for 10 weeks over five years -- 1999 to 2004. Do the math! She was gone a year, all told. I grew the handlebars to tick her off. She came home and loved it, claiming that now she could distinguish me from all the other fat, bald, ugly, old men.


Marlene sounds like my type of woman.



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  TED WALTHER

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Jeff;
Thanks anyway, I still think I have met him, It guess it just was not at that reunion, I have been an associate member of the Fraternal Order UDT/SEAL(thats what they call non-frog boat guys, so we can't be elected a board seat, yes in the past one boat guy that I know of was) since 1991. His wife does sound like a card, but what do you expect? She is married to a rootin, tootin, shootin, and lootin, Navy UDT frogman!
Most of the Navy back then thought going into PT Boats was crazy, suicide, floating around on a matchbox filled with gasoline! Here Jack Duncan did a tour in the matchboxes, then came back and traded his matchbox for a pair of fins, mask, Mk II Mod O Camillus dive knife, coral shoes and a pair of khaki shorts that most women (even today) can't stand and think there vulgar because your package hangs out! Well who cares they hung everything else out with the water as their only cover!
Take care,
TED


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