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 Author  Topic: PT34 RON3 crewmans little known "Expendables" story
  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hello Shipmates,
One of our PT658 crewmen, Wally was contacted by the son of an original PT34 crewman in regards to donating some memorabilia of his fathers. A resident of Alaska, Martin Beckner, who is the son of Charles C Beckner Pharmacists Mate 2/c, of PT34. He was awarded the Silver Star as result of actions on PT34. I am going to post here since this stuff is way to interesting to keep secret. I am sure you will find it of great interest. It seems that he came down with malaria and missed the mission where PT34 was lost. After he recovered, he was taken out of Mindanao by a PBY Catalina on one of the last flights leaving the island. (Part of Project "Gridiron") I have the 12 page Operation Gridiron Summary here for you to read. Jerry

RON3 at Cavite Navy Yard 10-27-41 (on pier bottom of photo)


RON3 Homeport Change order


Chief Beckner in 1945 taken in Australia after leaving Okinawa


Beckner 5th from left at Chow Hall in Philippines


Letter from shipmate of PT35 who survived malaria on Mindanao


PBY Pilot contacted him after war.


At Close Quarters Story of two barges, mentions Al Ross' Dad and Beckner as crew


At Close Quarters Two Barges Page 2 mentions Beckner on 50cal MG


Operation Gridiron PBY Rescue Mission involving PT Crewmen Pg1


Gridiron pg2


Gridiron pg3


Gridiron page 4


Gridiron pg5


Gridiron pg 6


Gridiron pg7
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Gridiron pg8


Gridiron pg9


Gridiron pg 10


Gridiron pg 11


Gridiron pg 12


Martins explanation of Dads uniforms




Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

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