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Nuge210

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Nuge210   Send Email To Nuge210 Posted on: Sep 9, 2016 - 10:46am


ON AUGUST 22,1943 TWO GROUPS OF THREE BOATS SAILED INTO SEPARATE COVES ON KOLOMBANGARA TO DESTROY ANY ENEMY INSTALLATIONS THEY FOUND.

THE BOAT GROUP THAT SAILED INTO WEBSTER COVE WAS LEAD BY DAVE PAYNE IN SIDNEY HIX'S 108. THE 125 ( C.MURRAY ) AND THE 124
( LEIGHTON WOOD ) ACCOMPANIED THE 108. THE ABOVE PHOTO IS THE 108 CREW AT THE TIME.

THE 108 AND 125 ENTERED THE COVE TO BE CAUGHT IN A "MURDEROUS CROSSFIRE BY MACHINE GUNS". JUST ABOUT EVERY MAN ON DECK WAS EITHER WOUNDED OR KILLED. JACK O. BELL, ONE OF THE GUNNERS WAS KILLED IN THE FIGHT. HE IS STANDING IN THE MIDDLE BACK OF THE PHOTO.

MAYBE YOU AREN'T AWARE THAT OUR FRIEND EARL, BECAME THE REPLACEMENT FOR JACK BELL. AND EARL SAYS HE NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE ACTION AS THE OTHER GUYS NEVER SAID A WORD.



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  TED WALTHER

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Steve;
Here is a photo that should go along with yours, it is from Gene Kirkland's website.


Ens. John D. Chester right, Ens. Sidney D. Hix aboard PT 108, August-September 1942, onboard S.S. Joseph Stanton enroute to Panama.

Take care,
TED


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Thanks ted, my photo came from Geary Sims Lil Duck website, courtesy of the way back machine


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