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  Frank J Andruss Sr

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I had the chancre to read what I consider a very good book, titled "Deadly PT patrols by Allan L. Lawrence Jr. I think it would be a great addition to anyone's WWII Library. Below is my review:

I think what I like about the book Deadly PT Patrols is your look at the boats and how they operated. We know the boats patrolled certain areas, but your book takes us inside the very life of the Sailors and Officers that had to live it. Boring patrols, heat, not the best food, lack of spare parts, local island diseases all played havoc with the crews ability to perform their duties.

PT Boat Tenders played a large role in the survival of the little PT BOATS and your book brings us right alongside the ship, to talk about the work these specialized Sailors performed to keep the boats running. In one section of your book it talks about a shortage of struts, shafts, and wheels and the task of trying to have them made, then finding out that they were less than perfect and the Tender boys having to fix things to make them work. Your book takes us deep inside the daily grind of the PT SAILOR and his ability to survive. I am amazed at the amount of work that was undertaken after a patrol just to keep the guns and ammunition clean and ready for the next patrol. The incredible heat and humidity that Motor Macs had to endure should have gotten them medals. I like the fact that we see some humor attached to this book in the exploits of the PT Boys while on Liberty and the humor that was exposed in their sometimes repetitive grind.

The detail in this book is mind blowing and one cant help but get caught up in all of the facts about MTB 17 in New Guinea. I loved all of the photos and was generally drawn to the artifacts from Mr. Lawrence Sr. One in my position cant help but be taken in by these historical artifacts. It would have been great if the artifacts sections were in color. I love the book in that it takes us into the life after the war of some of these Sailors. I think historically this book is a real winner. I am proud to add it to my PT BOAT Library of books, and would highly recommend it to those wanting to learn about the Mosquito Fleet Sailors of World War two.



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Will Day

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I liked some of the "warts and all" descriptions scattered throughout the book.

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CJ Willis

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Frank where did you get this book. It is not available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble?

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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C.J. I just checked on Amazon.com and it is there.


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Check here C.J.: https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-PT-Boat-Patrols-History/dp/0991643801.


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CJ Willis

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Thanks Jeff and Frank. I see it is available from Amazon but it is kinda pricey at $62.00 plus shipping. I wanted to compare the New Guinea patrols with our patrols. We (PT 242) made 85 nightly patrols of Jap held islands in the Solomons from Nov 1943 until Dec 1944.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I know you would like it C.J. well worth the price for some great reads.


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Will Day

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Hey, C.J. - I have an extra copy of DEADLY PT PATROLS. Send me your address and I'll shoot it to you.

willday6@yahoo.com

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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That's very nice of you Will, I do believe you have a heart after all.


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Will Day

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Don't jump to conclusions, Frankie....

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