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Michael

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Michael   Send Email To Michael Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 - 11:42pm
I just came across an interesting article in a 1945 newspaper,which reported that 2 Australian servicemen were awarded The American Legion of Merit for Meritorious services as liason officers attached to a PT Ron in the South West Pacific Theatre.
Major J Throsby (AIF) and Lt Eric Howett(RANR),were the first Australians assigned to PT Boats and were with them in all major operations off New Guinea,New Britain,New Ireland and the Phillipines.
Lt Howett was seconded to Admiral Barbey for piloting the invasion fleet to Lae in 1943 he was wounded in 1944 when the Boat he was on was attacked by a Japanese plane off New Ireland.
Anyone have an idea about which Ron or which Boats they served on ?




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EARL RICHMOND

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hi michael/do not jnow of any aussies assigned to a boat but there was an australian company next to out base at either treasury or rendova,be well
earl, i think it was at rendova
we would visit with each other at times.a nice nunch of guys

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TED WALTHER

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Michael;
Major Throsby is very well known in PT circles, Chic Baughman, Ray Leary, Jim Miller, Skip Dean, "Demon" DeMoine and George Vanderbilt, were some of his close friends out in the area. I believe he was also made a member of Peter Tare. He wrote his PT bio ("Along with Cousin Sam") and it was posted on the Peter Tare website, It is an excellent first hand narrative.
http://www.petertare.org/menu.htm

He worked with RON 6 Div 17, RON 7, 8, 9, 12, 21, and 24. He was not assigned to a specific boat, he usually accompanied the RON CO or the OTC of the specific patrol. He worked with the PT's all the way to Morotai He was relieved by LT.Allan Nock, AIF.
LT Howlett, RANR, I have not read about before.
Take care,
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Michael

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Thanks Ted,
much appreciated,i believe they had both lived in New Guinea,so both knew the lay of the land and the surrounding waters like the back of their hands.
Early tour guides if you like
cheers

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Dick

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There is a nice story here on our website that was written by Earl Palmer Brown, Skipper of PT-122. The above Peter Tare web site was his doing and I believe he was one of the last president of the organization. in the 1990's we became good email buddies, Its been sometime since hearing from him, he might have past on by now. We had discussed and he sent copies of the story about Major Throsby, "Along with Cousin Sam", and my wife word processed (electronic file) the story for him in the late 1990's when he was planning to create the website.

OUT IN THE AREA
by Earl P. Brown, Skipper of PT-122
http://www.ptboats.org/20-08-05-stories-001.html

Here is a photo of a Poster of his beloved PT122, he commission the artwork and sent me a printed copy:









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TED WALTHER

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Dick;
There is also another print out there of PT 122, I have seen it, however the boat is green camo and it is a port quarter view.
Take care,
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TED WALTHER

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Dick;
There is also another print out there of PT 122, I have seen it, however the boat is green camo and it is a port quarter view.
Take care,
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Dick

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Your right, of course. I took a look and never realize it was 122. This is a photo of the poster that HQ sells, or did sell. It is a signed water color.





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TED WALTHER

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Thats the one I have.
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I just found out that Lt Eric M Howitt was wounded on the 29th April 1944 whilst on PT 346.
PT 346,347 and 350 were all attacked on that day by Planes from Green Island (Friendly Fire),with terrible loss of life.
PT346- 9 Killed 9 Wounded
PT347- 2 Killed 3 Wounded
PT350- 3 Killed 5 Wounded

Lest We Forget


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