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mdrago

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 4, 2014 - 7:33pm
My Grandfather served on a PT boat, but unfortunately passed when I was 7. At 30 I want to know his story. My family says he never talked about the war and the only thing he mentioned was his boat sunk.

His discharge papers say he was part of Squadron 16 and I have Navy muster rolls also showing squadron 16 then getting transferred to LST 705 to LST992.

Is there a place where I can find lists of crew members? I am hopefully I can find his boat and maybe a shipmate still alive. I am thinking PT 300, but have no idea. His name is Michael Drago if it helps. Thanks, Mike

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Mike, (attn: Colleen!)
I can review my copy of the RON16 War Diary from Chief Al Piotter to see if he has your Grand-dad's name listed in the crew listing. I have it scanned to a PDF file which I could email to you if I find his name in there. I will look and get back to you in the next few days. Also, By the way, one of our PT Boat Forum members, Colleen , may have info on any crew members from the PT300 that are still around. Perhaps Colleen can help you as well? Jerry

Here is the crew list for PT297. It lists him as a COX (coxswain) who is usually a Boatswains Mate who is qualified to pilot small boats.


Jerry Gilmartin
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mdrago

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Mar 5, 2014 - 4:16pm
Thank you so much for your help. I guess his friend telling me his boat was sunk was off a bit. Is there a way to get in touch with surviving members of his crew? Do you have any idea why his name was written in rather than being typed with the rest?

Also, I hear the book "At Close Quarters" gives accounts of boats and actions they took. Is that the best area to look and find the story of 297?

Thank you so much for getting me in the right direction. I also saw in your signature you were a crew member of a boat. Thank you for your service.

Mike


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 5, 2014 - 6:46pm
Hey Mike!
Thanks, but its not what you think. I am indeed a crew member of the only operating WW2 PT Boat in modern times, the PT 658 which is located in Portland Oregon, we are a non profit group that has restored the Higgins 78 foot PT back to her original as built condition. Please check out our website at www.savetheptboatinc.com. Also, if you send me your email address (mine is my name with a period between the first and last name @comcast dot net)I wrote it that way to foil autobot spammers. Send me an email and I will respond with sending you the RON16 Squadron Diary with a file size of 10 meg. It is scanned to a pdf file, so it is able to be emailed. You can read exactly what PT297 did from the time of commissioning until the end of the war. I read through it this morning while scanning for your grand pops name and only found the one listed there. I think the handwritten one means the original typed copy was reviewed by Squadron members after the war, and somebody recalled his name and wrote it on the page. This was essentially a "draft" copy that was later retyped. I don't have a copy of the retyped version.

I will be watching for your email. Take care. Jerry Gilmartin

Recent photo of PT658 in downtown Portland Williamette River, that's me on the aft 40mm cannon loaders platform



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Richard Kelly

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Jerry Gilmartin, Just saw the post with the crew members from PT 297. We think my dad served on this boat, but his name was not on that list. How long did a crew member serve with each ship? Is there a list from another time periods?

Richard

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Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: May 15, 2014 - 7:50pm
Hi Richard,
What was your Dads full name? What was his rank or rate or job that he did? (ie Officer, Boat Captain, Motor Mack, Radioman, Gunners Mate, Torpedo man, etc) What was the time period you think he was on the boats? I can search through my stuff, also a lot of board members here may be able to help if you ask them.To answer your other question, Yes the crew members were commonly rotated to different boats depending upon the manning situation in each Squadron at that time. One particular sailor may have seen service on only 1 or as many as 3 or 4 different PT Boats. Hope this helps. Jerry

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Frank Andruss

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In my records I have a Michael John Drago, serving with Ron 16 on July 31, 1944. I also have him on three LST ships. August 1, 1946 has him with LST-992, July 23, 1946 with LST-705, and September 1, 1946 with LST-834. He was a Cox (T) 762-49-52 (serial number) and made his way home on the USS Wachapreague AGP-8 on November 16, 1945 from Guiuan Samar to San Francisco.. This is ll I have, hope it is the same man.


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Frank,
Do you have anything on Richard Floyd Kelly? He was possibly on the PT297 in RON16. Richards son was asking. Thanks Jerry

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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: May 16, 2014 - 9:13pm
Hello Jerry

I have a Richard Floyd Kelly in my files, which show he was attached to PT SERVICE, according to Motor Torpedo Boats 7th Fleet. His serial number was 956-73-59, and he was a Radio Man S2c. He would finish as a S1c, and was sent to the Philippine Sea Frontier in Nov. 1945 for assignment. My records do not indicate which Ron he was with, although the records without a doubt show him as a PT CREWMEN. Hope this helps some.


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: May 18, 2014 - 10:36pm
Hi Richard and Frank,
I looked in the RON16 diary and found a 'Robert B Kelly' Radioman 2/c on PT299 but he has a large corresponding article in the "Knights of the Sea" book and is definitely not Richard. So it is not a typo for him. Same goes for the famous LCDR Robert Bolling Kelly of PT34 and RON9 Squadron Commander fame. I also looked in the index list at the back of KOTS and was unable to find "Richard Kelly" listed anywhere. Perhaps Charlie Jones may be able to track him down?
Jerry

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