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  KingBoat

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Hello everyone! I am very new to this site and the PT boat subject overall. Recently I found a letter belonging to my late father. It was sent from a relative, signed at the bottom, Earl A. Merryman CRM MTB Base #7 Navy one two nine (129). It indicates my uncle Earl is stationed somewhere around Guaducanal. In the body of the letter he says to my father, "you just keep your eye open for the PT outfits- especially mine PT-7-- maybe you will run into us".
I would like to know if anyone out there can put these numbers together and tell me what his actual boat number was along with any other information.
Thanks for your help.

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Welcome to our board, we hope you will gain knowledge of the PT BOATS while you are here, there are a bunch of great guys here, all willing to help. From what I know CRM is a Chief Radioman , and as far as Base 7, I think there were two of them, with the first being GREEN ISLAND, used as a repair, staging, supply, and training base. The other Base 7 was located in Hawaii around 1943, also used as staging and Training. Although not sure he is talking about PT-129, this boat served with Squadron 7 in the Southwest Pacific area in New Guinea waters. Also, I doubt this is PT-7 he is referring to in the letter, as this boat was with Squadron 1, which never saw any action with the US NAVY, as it was a lend -lease to the British sometime in July 1941.


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I am thinking he meant look out for my Squadron 7, not PT-7.


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KingBoat

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Jan 18, 2014 - 10:54am
Frank, This is great info. It makes sense about him being a radioman. Do you think someone out there has a crew listing showing his name? Thanks, Dennis


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Wayne Traxel   Send Email To Wayne Traxel Posted on: Jan 18, 2014 - 12:14pm
On Gene Kirklands PT Website, Gene mentions in his topic "Mystery PT's" that some of the earlier 77 footers had their hull number changed for a time when the boats arrived in Panama and mentions that PT-7 was the ID or call number of PT-38 and later the designation for PT-47.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Jan 18, 2014 - 2:25pm
Dennis, at this point I have no clue if he was on a boat or not I have no real proof from your letter that he served on a boat. He could have been base force. It would be a tough chore from what you have presented to find out what boat he was on, if any. Wayne brings up a good point, which I think Ted may shed some light as to the changing of boat numbers from Panama.


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King boat:
Welcome to the board!!! As per Frank's mention, here is some info from Gene Kirkland's website: The boats in Squadron 2 and later Squadron 3(2) were renumbered for security purposes. In RON 2 PT "7" was really PT 47 and the Radioman on that boat was RM2/c Bill R. Tatroe, USNR(Forum member Randy Finrock's father in law). PT "7" in RON 3(2) was PT 38 and the Radioman from August 1942/February 1943, was RM1/c Paul L. Stephenson USNR.
As for PT 129 RON 7(MTB DIV 19)LT Francis McAdoo, was the original Skipper, as for now, I have not much info on this first crew, but he was transferred to PT 132 and was relieved by his original 129 exec LTjg Marshall Roper. Ens. J.E. "TED" Meredith, USNR was his Exec from Jun 25, 1943- Jan 20, 1944 , he relieved Roper , and became skipper of PT 129 Jan 21-Mar 21 1944. During the entire time Ted Meredith was on 129, his radioman was RM 2/c Harold Clay USNR, from Laramie, Wyoming. Meredith was relived by Ens. A. Dix Leeson, USNR as Skipper of PT 129.
An interesting side note stated in Meredith's book, was when LCDR John Bulkeley was RON 7 CO they were known "BULKELEY's PROFESSIONALS", when he transferred out, RON 7 crews started referring to themselves as "THE DIRTY DOZEN".
Take care,
TED


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Hi Ted,
That info is so amazing. You are such a wealth of information. I just love reading whatever you post.


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KingBoat

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Dennis, at this point I have no clue if he was on a boat or not I have no real proof from your letter that he served on a boat. He could have been base force. It would be a tough chore from what you have presented to find out what boat he was on, if any. Wayne brings up a good point, which I think Ted may shed some light as to the changing of boat numbers from Panama.





I am sure he was on a boat. PT-129. The letter I have is typed which I would think is not common unless he was at a MTB. I also recall many years ago that my father referred to this fact when recounting his war effort and communicating with his brother while on Guadacanal. I hope over time someone will be able to link him with a crew. Thanks, Dennis



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Dennis;
We here on the board will assist you anyway we can, to uncover what boat or unit Mr. Merryman was assigned to.
Just speaking to what we know so far, MTB Base #7(which means the compliment of the repair unit, which also had some sub units attached) was put ashore at Green Island on Feb 15, 1944. MTB RON 10 arrived on Feb. 16, 1944. This unit would have passed through Tulagi/Guadalcanal area on their way north.
I do not know what 129 means, but RON 7(and PT 129) were never at Guadalcanal, they went from Brooklyn Navy Yard, to Panama(for advanced training), and then straight to New Guinea. they arrived at Milne Bay in late Feb 1943 with the advanced echelon of MTB Base 6 (this Unit set up shop at Kana Kopa, in early March 1943).
Once the New Guinea campaign was completed, On October 13, 1944, RON 7 (and PT 129), departed MTB Base 21 (Mios Woendi) and set sail for Leyte Gulf, Philippines. later that month a base was established, this was MTB Advanced Base 5 San Pedro Bay, Leyte.
MTB Bases also moved up. To add to the confusion there was a rear area base at Tutuila, American Samoa, that was established in Feb 1943 and it was named MTB Base 7. Tutuila was used a logistical staging base for USMC and USN amphibious forces.
This is just a pure guess here but maybe he means something like MTB Base #7 Unit 129?
Have you come across any photos? These would be helpful.
Charlie knows more about this, maybe he has some Ideas.
Take care,
TED


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