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 Author  Topic: Just Purchased PT Boat Presentation Piece
Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Sep 1, 2017 - 10:15pm
I was very excited when I saw this on EBAY this morning so I worked out a deal with the guy and made the purchase. I just had to have it.

Looking to see if anyone might have any idea what the large B on this presentation piece indicates, Hmmmm I wonder.

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Frank Andruss

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More information on the bottom of the piece reads:
Apollo, EPBM, Bernard Rice & Son Inc. 6418/2 S&G Gump Co. Not sure this helps but it is something.


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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: Sep 4, 2017 - 7:09pm
Nice catch Frank! As far as the letter "B" I don't think this was meant for Bulkeley, (besides, wasnt he in RON3 and NOT RON1?) That is what came to mind as soon as I saw the letter "B". I found the name of the RON1 CO at Commissioning was LT Earl Caldwell. Also, I wonder if there is a date associated with when the vase was purchased? If it was 1944 that may be the RON1 that was in Pearl Harbor with PT24 and PT27. That was one of our PT658 veterans John Akin's old boat. They were also up in Alaska and Seattle before returning to Pearl. I wonder if Charlie or Ted could find a list of all the RON1 Squadron COs and if any of them begin with the letter "B"?
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Jerry Gilmartin
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  TED WALTHER

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Jerry;
There were no RON 1 CO's whose last name began with B. However, if it was given to an Officer as a farewell gift(Transferred to another Squadron), there are some possibilities. .
Take care,
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nahma

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Sep 4, 2017 - 11:41pm
"B" for "Bulkeley" !!!


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Frank Andruss

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All good thoughts, I have someone working on it as well, I am in hopes we can crack the big B on this presentation piece. Detective work is never easy.


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29navy

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Of course, B could be someone outside of PT Boats. Something given by the officers of RON 1 to maybe the owner of their favorite bar.

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Frank Andruss

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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: Sep 5, 2017 - 5:37am
That's for sure I mean doesn't have to be someone in the PT SERVICE like you mentioned Charlie. Hoping we might find out down the road, but if not it is an awesome piece of PT BOAT HISTORY that I will cherish forever.


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Frank Andruss

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By the way the piece was found in a second hand shop in Seattle Washington.


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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: Sep 5, 2017 - 8:48am
That makes sense Frank, since RON1 was sent to Seattle for repairing PT24 and PT27 after the fiasco of the Aleutians. It seems that 77 foot Elcos were not very well suited for service in the frigid northern waters off Alaska, and of the 6 boats sent there, I think 4 were scrapped or sunk from the weather, and the remaining 2 boats (24 and 27) were sent to Seattle to be repaired. This is where John Akin reported aboard the PT27 and met his wife to be, Elsie. So maybe they all hung out at someplace in Seattle while repairs were in progres?
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