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murray

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Can anyone tell me some of the names that were given to PT boats that served in WWII?


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Murray,
PT 369 nickname was "Sad Sack"


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murray

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Thanks Mark, I hope there are some more out there.


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CHECK OUT THE SITE HTTP://WWW.PT108LILDUCK.COM
WILL DAY HAS COMPILED A LIST OF THE BOAT NICKNAMES AND POSTED IT ON THIS SITE.

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Marty Johnson

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Thanks to Will's page I"ve learned that my Dad's boat, the 168, was nicknamed "Raidin'Maiden". However, I had never heard him refer to the boat by any name. Could it be that names became popular like early on in the war and later became not so popular as I had heard a rumor that giving names to the boats was considered bad luck. Andyone care to comment on that? Dad served from Spring of '44 to summer of '45 on the 168 in the Pacific.

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PT 168 RON 10
In Memory of LT(JG) Martin A. Johnson

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My Dad was on PT34 from the summer of 1941 until her loss in April 1942 and he said he never heard any of the three nicknames ascribed to her. As the first one was "P.I. Rose", the implication is that it acquired that name after being shipped to the Philippines, which was in September, 1941.

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Geary

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What Will Day and I have discovered is that names for the boats depend on the time an individual was assigned. Case in point is PT 108 Lil'Duck.
She didn't have a name until she arrived in the Pacific when Fred Lloyd told her skipper that she shedded water like a duck. At the time, Little Duck was Hix's fiancee's nickname and he named the 108 Lil'Duck.
After the mission on which Hix and the cook Jack Bell was killed, Squadron 5 had all the names of the boats removed. Later another crew gave her the name of Plywood Bastard. In between, the 108 didn't have a name. This also applies to details about the boats, depends on when an individual was assigned.


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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One of my favorite names for one of the boats was PT 213, nicknamed THE SPITTEN KITTEN. My dear friend Vic Kodis was the Exec on that boat and he always told me he loved the name. It was painted in white letters on the chart house area. As he liked to say, NOW THIS BOAT HAS SOME CHARACTER. I guess it depends on who you talk to as I too have heard some surprised answers from former Crewmembers who never heard those nicknames for their boats. Some names it seems stuck with the Crews more then others.


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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One of my favorite names for one of the boats was PT 213, nicknamed THE SPITTEN KITTEN. My dear friend Vic Kodis was the Exec on that boat and he always told me he loved the name. It was painted in white letters on the chart house area. As he liked to say, NOW THIS BOAT HAS SOME CHARACTER. I guess it depends on who you talk to as I too have heard some surprised answers from former Crewmembers who never heard those nicknames for their boats. Some names it seems stuck with the Crews more then others.


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Marty Johnson

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Will, would you care to tell us how you compiled the names or where you found them listed.
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PT 168 RON 10
In Memory of LT(JG) Martin A. Johnson

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