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 Author  Topic: Q/M Robert C.Link - Q/M of the 153 or 158?
TheBridge

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TheBridge  Posted on: Aug 30, 2011 - 1:30pm
I read in Stavisky's 'Marine Combat Correspondent' book that he was on the PT-157 (July 9 '43) when CMDR R.B. Kelly was taken out to the (grounded) PT-153 and PT-158 so that Kelly and two crewman could go out to the abandoned boats. Stavisky's book said that a Q/M Robert C. Link was one of the two crewman that rowed Kelly out to the boats (Kelly needed to destroy sensitive equipment and recover the log books). Q/M Link was not a crew member of the 157 so I am thinking he was possibly from the 153/158 and came along to help Kelly retrieve the log books.

Any help on what boat Q/M Robert C. Link was assigned to?

Thanks,

Bridge

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JMcElroyJr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Jun 11, 2014 - 3:48pm
Hopefully, this information will still be helpful.

Official World War II deck logs for PT-153, 157, and 158 do not list Robert C. Link as a member of the crew.

My dad was captain of PT-161 from November 28, 1942-January 10, 1944. An entry for Robert C. Link (Q/M) is listed in my dad's handwriting. Link reported on December 2, 1942 and was "detached" on February 3, 1944.

PT-161 crew:

John E. McElroy (Capt.); J.S. Englund (Exec.); J.D. Litton (Exec.); Jack W. Ruff (Exec.); N.G. Chase (QM); J.C. Feldtman (MM); Donald B. Frost (MoMM); George E. Gallagher (GM); T. Gavish (S); S.J. Golcmbeiwski (S); Robert C. Link (Q/M); J. Pilarzcyk (MM); H.D. McWherter (RM); Victor L. Sheriff (SC); Louis E. Spivey (MoMM); Les Taylor (TM); Joe Tiberti (GM); W. Ufert (MoMM); J.R. Vanderheiden (TM); W.L. Wylan (GM); and E.E. Zarembinski (RM).

Donald Frost (Laconia, NH) and George Gallagher (Maine) are alive today. My dad died in February 2001. (Unknown how many other crew members are still alive.)

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TheBridge

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TheBridge  Posted on: Jun 12, 2014 - 7:36am
Thank you for this update. There is a photo in the book FIRST-UP of Link getting into the dingy with Kelly as they prepare to push off of the 157 and row over to the abandoned 153 & 158. That moment also captured on color movie film!

Neither Bud Liebenow or Welford West could recall specifically as to why Link was the one chosen to go with Kelly so I appreciate and plausible explanation.

Bridge


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Bridge;
I concur with your thought process, since the QM maintained all charts and Admin type logs, it would be his job to retrieve it, if the Skipper/ Exec could not for some reason.
Take care,
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