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james sullivan

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IS THERE ANYONE ON HERE THAT SERVED IN RON 5
MY FATHER JOHN SULLIVAN WAS ON PT107 FROM AROUND MAY 1942 ,SERVED IN PANAMA THEN WENT TO SOLOMONS UNTIL OCT. 1943 WHEN HE WENT ON LEAVE. HE WAS GONE WHEN THE 107 BURNED HE IS 94 LAST ONE LEFT OFF THE 107 . HE WAS 18 WHEN HE JOINED THE NAVY FEB.1942
JIM SULLIVAN




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James, My father-in-law TPM John E Mirus was in RON5 from Dec 1943 til Jan 45. He was on PT-63 the day of the fire. He trained on 107 when he first arrived in the squadron. Was assigned to 108 just after the fire. He passed about 3 years ago.

What I remember him saying about the fire was:

1- PT-63 was "inboard" which he explained as the dock being parallel to the shore and 63 was closest to shore

2- He was below deck when someone hollered fire. He hit the ladder and went over the side

3- He cut his arms and legs on the Coral bottom. He called this his only injury of the war.

3A - He was picking small pieces of metal out of his arms until the last days of his life - I think he had more injuries than coral cuts.

That is about all I can relate. Like many WW II vets he was very reticent to discuss his service. Give your father best wishes from the Mirus Family.

Rick Schaefer
Splinter PT 63 108

TM2c John E Mirus
Solomon Islands
Dec 43 - Jan 45

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