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ken white

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of ken white  Posted on: Aug 26, 2007 - 11:09am
Im really happy that I found this message board and its awesome that you have taken the time for this website and that others and such as my self can find maybe some info of inportance in there lifes. so If I may ask,about my Dad, He is Deseased since march of 64
I have some of his discharge papers on the back of these documents states Service and vessels, from top to bottem, there is on these
as follows this is only a portion he seerved from 1935 to 1955 active

U.S. Navel reciving Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
USS TAYLOR
USS NEW YORK

Moter Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE
Moter Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO

His Name was Kenneth Dessmond White
as Far as I know he was a cook
so my question is Did he serve on these ships or was he just a mess hall cook or so
again that was only a part of his dudty
thanks for your time



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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Squadron one was the first PT BOAT SQUADRON commissioned and was originally made up of experimental boats, but later was made up of 77 foot Elco pt boats and sent to Pearl Harbor. It had action on December 7, 1941. The boats also saw action in Midway and participated in the Aleutian campaign. Squadron 2 tested the first 70 foot Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters around 19440 and 1941.

Squadron 2 also served with the Panama Sea Frontier, having no less then 11 brand new Elco 77 foot PT Boats. Sometime in late 1942, six of the boats were shipped to the South Pacific where they were active in the Solomons Islands, fighting the famous Tokyo Express in the defense of Guadalcanal. It is certainly possible that your Dad served with these groups with the big question being, Did he serve on a boat crew. Hard to know as many service records did not mention which boats they were on, only the Squadrons. It is possible he was on a Base Force Crew as well. We can rule out a Tender, because none of the other ships mentioned in his records were in fact Tenders with the MTB's. Remember that cooks did in fact serve on PT Boats and from listening to others they made some of the best shots on the boats. You can call PT Boat headquarters, whose telephone numbers are listed on these pages. Ask for Allison or Alyce Guthrie and they will check their records to see if his name is among those that served on a boat. Good luck and I am sure someone from this mesage board will help you in your quest.............


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Will Day

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Ken: In looking through my files, I don't come up with anything on your dad. I DO have half-a-dozen crew photos of Squadron One and Two personnel that are not labeled. If you would like copies, let me know your e-mail address.

Will

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Hi Will,

If you have a shot of the crew on PT18, I'd be interested. Dad was the quartermaster on her during the Miami trials.

Al Ross



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Will Day

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Hi Al:

I've only got one shot of the 18 boat (which you have undoubtedly seen, but I'll forward it anyway).

Will

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ken white

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thats some awesome info,thanks for the info yeah pics would be great maybe i can spot him, I only have some pics of my dad when he was preaty much retired, he was a CSC as
My EMAIL addy is KW19791@hotmail.com far as rthe records state
he also served on the USS OMAHA, USS TAYLOR USS PALAUthanks for your time Guys
Ken


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ken white

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USS JAMES TOWN, USS COLE, USS< ROSEWOOD, USS SC 505
USS PALAU, and I believe u.s. Navy Rhine River Patrol
U.s. navel Post graaduate school monterey ca
u.s. naval receiving ship,san francisco,ca
Carrier Aircraft Service Unit Six, Alameda ca
VPB 98, Corpus Christi Texas
that was some more info writen on the back oh one of the discharpeges
thanks
Ken


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ken white

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I did some more reseearch and the Jamestown was a Tender, so maybe he was on board,and the USS SC 505 was a Sub searcher ship


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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USS Jamestown was in fact a PT BOAT TENDER, which I believe was AGP-3. She assisted forming the MTBSTC in 1941. She also escorted supply convoys between New Herbrides and Tulagi and towed barges loaded with gas and bombs. She serviced Ron 3(2) and helped repair cruisers. She was included in the Presidential Unit Citation for taking and holding Tulagi, Gavuta, Tanambogo, Florida, and Guadalcanal. The ship was decommissioned March 6, 1946.


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kendall strehle

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ken

cant say about rons 1 and 2. my uncle was a torpedoman on the taylor and is very active in the reunions and what have you. will check and see if he has anything about your dad. i was told awhile ago there were 2 taylors as their mail kept getting mixed up?

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