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 Author  Topic: Info on Dad- PT boat 44
  paking

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Dec 7, 2009 - 6:06pm
I would like any information that anyone could give me about PT 44.
I know it was destroyed by the ememy 12/12/42. I know that this was one of the boats my Dad was on. Is there a listing of the men on the boat somewhere? Any info would be appreciated.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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First and foremost, welcome to the PT BOAT message board. It would help a great deal to obtain information, if you would tell us your Dad;s name. Hopefully, some of us here can help you in your quest..........


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There is an excellent account of the loss of the 44 boat in Cdr. Robert Bulkley's book AT CLOSE QUARTERS, which is sort of the bible of PT operations. I believe it can still be purchased from PT Boats, Inc.

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Welcome aboard! What was your Dad's name? If you let us know we can look through our books and files. Folks here on the Message Board are great about helping each other out.

ALEX


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paking

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His name was Carney Hamilton. I have some information from the National Personnel Records Center which shows he was on /in MTBRON2, MTBRON3, and MTBRON4. My brother says he was on 44, which I understand was destroyed.I don't know if he was on it at the time or not.
There are also references to the Solace and White Poppy-were these medical ships?
Thank you for taking the time out to help us with this, we really do appreciate it very much.


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Paking;
Your father, MoMM2/c Carney Hamilton, was an original crew member on PT 47 skippered by LT jg. Mark Wertz, he was also a shipmate of Rm 2/c Bill Tatroe. Bill's son in law Randy Finrock is also a member of this board, and has quite a bit of info on the Wertz crew.
Go to Gene Kirklands website for a possible photo of him.
http://pt-king.gdinc.com/PT47.html
in the personalities section, Gene has a photo of the Wertz crew in Panama. Their boat was originally PT 37, I think the man listed as "unknown" might be MoMM 2/c Hamilton, since only Wertz and the unkown sailor did not remain with 37, and probably switched to 47.
Hope this helps,
TED


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Thank you!! I'm 99.9% sure that the unknown man in the picture IS my Dad! I've never really seen any pictures of him that young before-but it looks just like him. I've emailed the link to my brother so he can tell me what he thinks. He told me today that our Dad spent time on an island hospital, I'm thinking maybe that's the "white poppy" I've been looking for.
I'm curious, my Dad was injured twice and I've always been told that he had 2 purple hearts- but I've not seen him listed as receiving them anywhere. Would there be an official site for that? Also, his records show him on 3 different PT boats. I know now, thanks to you, that he was on 37 and 47. Is there a way to find the 3rd boat?
I know I'm asking a lot, and I apologize if I'm being annoying. I am just excited about what I've found out so far, and it kind of makes me feel closer to my Dad. He died 20 years ago.


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I checked with thw family and that IS my Dad, I wanted to try to get in touch with Mr Kirkland to let him know so he can update the picture and to see if he more info. Any idea how to reach him? The PT king @yahoo.com came back as an illegal address. Thanks!!


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To obtain medals Google: National Personnel Records Center

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Hi, and welcome to the PT Msg Board! Ted Walther had mentioned my father-in-law, Bill Tatroe, in his post of the 8th. I wanted to let you know that you may contact me directly at my home e-mail address and I'll share all that I know about Ron-2, the boats, crewmembers, etc. (from the period of 20 Sep 1942 thru 7 Apr 1943, when Bill left Tulagi to return to the states).

Also, I recently went to PT Boats, Inc in Germantown, TN for my 1st visit there and it was great. If you are unaware, that is the National HQ's for PT Boat history and archives. Great organization. Write when you can.

E-mail: adaam0073@cox.net


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