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Nathaniel Smith

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I am in Washington DC this week and I plan to visit the National Archives. Does anyone have any experience with their procedure or should I fly blind? I wrote them last week to warn them about my visit. I told them I was interested in:
1. Squadron 9 (I spelled it out for their benefit)
2. Action reports
3. Deck logs
4. Photographs from the Solomons

Of course I am particularly interested in PT-154.

Any other suggestions of what to do there? If I find anything I let you know.


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  TED WALTHER

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Nat;
Some photos of Hank Brantingham and PT 159 would be cool. A photo of Bud Liebenow at wheel of PT 157, Also Micheal Pessolano and PT 155, with some shots that include Boats on the boat.
Take care,
TED


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Nat,

Any photos of the early PTs in the Solomons would be great -- personally, I'd love to see ones of those Ron 9 boats with their SCR-517A "beehive" radars -- particularly ones that haven't seen the light of day yet in any publication(s).

-- Drew


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Good luck Nat, wish I could come! Here's some research links, hope they help:

http://www.archives.gov/research/tools/

This gentleman might be able to give you some tips:
http://www.researcheratlarge.com/



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Nat,

I am going to the National Archives next week to do the same type of research on Ron 10. I will be there April 30th through May 2nd. Will you be there then?

I am taking a laptop and a flatbed scanner, based upon the advice of others.

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This is probably an obvious questions or statement but you do know you need to go to the Archives in College Park, MD for this. Not the one in Washington,DC. Right?

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G R Powell

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Nat,

I forgot to mention in my previous post that you should go to the film section and look at these two films. Both appear to have shots of Commander Kelly and his boats. I am ordering three other films. They are expensive to get reproduced, but these might be something you are interested in.

SHELLING MUNDA & AERIAL COMBAT, RENDOVA, IS, 07/1943 (Moving Images) ARC ID: 75846 / Local ID: 428-NPC-1138:

MS 155mm amid palms, fires. SCU-pan, foliage2) MS SCU Camouf. men with packs advance - SV3) SCU man on litter in LC. SHS man in bloody litter4) MS men carry stretchers from LC. SHS lay cots in camp5) LS man semaphores to LCs. ShS LC approaches6) LS men wade to 2 LCIs. MS men debark LCI7) LS 2 PTs on reef, man semaphores. MS PT passes8) SCU lookouts on PT. CU Cdr. Kelly with binocs9) MS truck leaves LST. LS pan, huts, supplies10) LS huts, small craft on point, sunken mast f.g.11) LS LST & small Island. LS Camouf. LST12) MS Pan, men on 3 PTs tied together13) LS-2 Japanese planes fall. Smoke from munition dump14) LSM Burning U.S. supplies in palms - SV. LS 4 Japanese planes dive.<*> NEW OPTICAL A WINIS MASTER-3/22/79<*> NEW PRINT-4/11/7915) MS men carry stretchers to shore. MS LCI16) MS men run for beach in air raid. LS PT maneuvers17) MS men look at sky from br. SCU sunk LCI blood on deck.18) SCU same, men in rubber raft along side.19) SHS chain of men waist deep pass material to shore20) MS-Pan, men on LCI to chain of men in surf21) LSMS Pan, area of crosses, fresh graves. MS caterpillar22) SCU men tie rope to jeep. MS Cat. pulls jeep23) LS Japanese plane falls. LS Japanese plane dives24) LS several maneuver planes in dog fight25) LS 2 planes maneuvers. MS Japanese plane falls.

SHELL BURSTS ON MUNDA COAST, ACTIVITIES IN RENDOVA BEACH AREA, 07/1943 (Moving Images) ARC ID: 75848 / Local ID: 428-NPC-1141:

1) LS-Pan, Munds Point, (S). LS Shell bursts.2) MSL Shell bursts. shore BG, (S).3) MS Men on PT, torp. tubes FG.4) SHS Cdr. Kelly & 2 men debark PT to small boat.5) HS PT UX. LS Pan, shore. MS Men on PT.6) CU 2 men eat from kits. CU Hands take hot cakes7) LS 155MM in woods, men at kitohen BG-2V.8) MS-Pan, woods & shore installations.9) MS-Pan, LST, LCs underway. Men in MB.10) MS SC Mon carry wounded Japanese into LST-SV.11) LS Row LCs on beach. LS Men enter LCV.12) LS Row LCIs, Pan, men wade. Form. planes.13) LS Japanese plane spirals to ground.LS Row beached LCIs & troops. 14) MS Camouf. troops walk to & from LCIs with stores.15) SCU Men on LCI ramp, file troops carry stores.16) LS 3 LCIs, beached, files of men carry stores-2V.17) MS Men at 37MM on LST.18) LS 155 gun orew in action, in grove, shalls staoked FG.19) LS LCI bow & side view, men debark-SV.20) HS Deck MoCauley underway. LS CLs, rail FG.21) LS CL DD, DE, stern AA guns FG. LS Ships.22) MS Bulldozer passes, LST beached BG (Rendova).23) MSLS Men carry stretoher into LST.24) MS LCM passes, signal flag FG. LS PTs25) MS Men on deck PTs. SCU Lookout by 50 Cal. AA.26) MS Man semaphores on deck PT, other men around-2V.27) SCU 2 men olean 50 Cal. shells. SCU Hands work.

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Ray Wilbur

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Nat,
I would email Lance Zedric from the Alqamo Scout organization. He was there a few months ago and could be of some help to your questions. Here's his email address: zee61@aol.com
Good luck!

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Lance and I were at the National Archives last year. We spent a week. I mostly stayed on the still photos floor. Lance worked looking for documents. We did pretty good.

The employees on the photo floor are great. They can help you get started. On the documents floor their are Archivist that can get you started. Though I would email Lance to get some good tips.

The floor with the film footage is so so. They weren't very helpful.

Do bring a laptop and a flatbed scanner. You won't be able to carry anything in a case or bag inside the rooms.


Russ Blaise
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Alamo Scouts Association
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