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 Author  Topic: PT-118 crewmen: July/August 1943
TheBridge

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TheBridge  Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 - 3:08pm
Hello ALL,

Anyone out there a crewmen from the PT-118 during July/August 1943.
I'm trying to corroborate the 118's locations and dates as it goes between Tulagi/Russells/Rendova and who was on board at various times.

Thanks,

Bridge


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TED WALTHER

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Bridge;
LTjg Billups P. "Bill" Percy was skipper and ENS.Ted Robinson was Exec, James K, Maragos SC 1/C, Peter S. Aiken GM1/C, Johnnie W. Crabtree MMoM1/C and Edward M. Schneidewind MMoM 1/C were on board when she ran aground off the North East point of Vella La Vella , Sept 7 1943.

From Aug 1-7 1943, LTjg Percy, and crew took 118 from the Russells back to Tulagi for Hull/Strut/Prop repair in the floating drydock. Then on 7 Aug, PT 118 went back up to Rendova. Robinson went up from Russells to Rendova on 1 August aboard PT 164! He was halfway to the beach on an LCVP when a Val swooped in and bombed 164 and 117, which were moored together about a 100 yards off the beach. That night Robinson was acting as radar officer on Hank Brantingham's PT 159 in Blackett Strait.

Earlier in her short career PT 118 was the "Ready Boat" the night March 5, 1943, moored to the mud and coral jetty next to the marine railway at Tulagi, when at 0200 "Washing Machine Charlie" flew over. Instead of getting underway immediately, the original Skipper ENS. Parker W. Staples ran to the operations hut to request permission to get underway, as he was running back, Washing Machine Charlie dropped a bomb killing ENS Staples, William B. Carpenter GM3/C and William W. Taylor SK3/C, several men were wounded and the 118 was riddled with shrapnel and everything else. Robinson had crew cast off and got the boat underway, he took 118 up the river and came alongside USS Niagara to get medical attention for wounded crewmembers.
I will go through paperwork to see if I can dig up remaining crew from July-August and also on SEPT 7 1943. Are you looking for anyone in particular?
Take care,
TED


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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: Feb 18, 2014 - 5:08am
Ted,

Thanks for what you've found so far. What is the source of Robinson's trip to Rendova on the 164 on August 1?

Bridge


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TED WALTHER

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Bidge;
His book " Water in my veins" Page 230. Merriam Press, IBSN 978-1475086348
take care,
TED
P.S. He took the builders plate off the boat and kept it at his home. I believe it is now either in Germantown (PTHQ) or Fall River.



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TheBridge

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Ted,
I also have the 'Veins' book so hence the quandary when you check out this listing and dates from the first page of the PT-118 log book (provided by U.S. National Archives). It is obviously a new Log Book started by the new crew taking over the PT-118 on August 12. (you can see the very edge of the text on the left side of this image indicative of text found inside the cover page of the first page of a PT's log book). According to this, August 12th is when Robinson came on board the 118. I was hoping to find one of the names in the upper list of crewmen/officers who can tell me what's going on as Robinson says in his book that he, Skipper Percy were on the PT-118 throughout July and August 1943.

Bridge




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TED WALTHER

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Bridge;
Hmmm???? sending you an e-mail.
take care,
TED


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TheBridge

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Ted,
I think you have it but just in case my email is:
Bridge@PT-157.com

Bridge


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Drew Cook

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Bridge,

Sent you a photo of a slice of the 118 at Tulagi in an email. It used to be up on Gene Kirkland's "PT King" website.


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TED WALTHER

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Drew;
Post it here if you would?
Take care,
TED


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TED WALTHER

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All;
I know there was a war on but, one would think, that with all the groundings in the same area, a photo must have been taken, if for no other reason documentation or training purposes PT 118, 153, 158, 172 all in the same area within 2 months, in all cases, attempts to recover each boat were extensive.
Just a thought.
Take care,
TED


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