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colleen

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Ok - I'm off to the NA tomorrow - I'll let you know what I am able to find on PT242, 84, 121, 142, 144, 117, and of course the 300.

I'll be in touch as soon as I can after I get back. Hope I find some interesting stuff!


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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Colleen

If you come across anything on PT 374 Squadron 27, I would be most grateful. It seems as though you might become one of our Archive connections. It means so much to some of us to gather this information and I for one appreciate your efforts.............


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colleen

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Hello to all - I am back from DC. My trip to the archives was really amazing! The more I am there the more aware I am of how much information is stored there! I've been there several times now and I still have only been to one research room - and only in one section of that room! It is really confusing though! There are so many rules. You have to go through many security practices - you cannot even take in a pen or pencil with you - they will give you a pencil once you are in the research room. You can take your laptop and a digital camera - no flash. Many people have a unique set up - they take a tripod and invert it and they photograph documents with their digital camera and then download everything to their computer. Photocopying is pretty steep - .75 a page. You are not allowed to wear oversized clothes and this time I had to get rid of my sweatshirt because of the hood - I guess some people would go to any length to smuggle documents! I read thru many "deck log" books - the originals! Some are very detailed and some are sparse. They were completed by the captain each day - or at least signed by the capt. after someone else completed the entry. A lot of mundane stuff such as how much fuel or water was taken on, picking up people and taking them somewhere, etc. It was amazing to read the list of crew members for each boat. It was sad - the deck log for the 242 described how it was taken apart at the end, and then the last sentence is ".......and the ship is decommissioned". and then the rest of the book is blank. Towards the end of the war the books become hand made - instead of the formal blue book some captains were using yellow tablet paper or plain white paper that they drew lines on to fill in the navigation data. The books for some ships are missing or they are missing several months in a row. It seems about 3 months fit into a book. There is a lot of detailed navigational entries - headings and such. Also many descriptions on course changes. Most of the descriptions of encounters with the Japanese are factual - it depends on the capt. I guess - how descriptive he was (or wasn't). Well as I said, the more I go the more I realize how much info is there - you just have to have the time to search for it all. I tried to find info on the boats requested in previous posts. If a boat was sunk, there is very little info on it. For anyone who asked me to look for a specific name or a specific boat, please email me at mcpinerise@aol.com. I can tell you what I found or if I was able to copy anything. I know someone asked me to look for a picture, but I have never yet made it to the photographic archives - maybe on my next trip!

Colleen


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Hello Colleen:

I am very interested in any information that might ne able to find regarding PT 113 and PT 114, including any pictures. Please e-mail me at alawreencefm@comcast.net. Thanks- Allan


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Colleen: Not sure if you are still on this forum after all these years. My father was one of the severely wounded on PT-300 on 12/18/44. He passed away in 2007, rarely saying anything about his years in the Navy or his long long recovering from that day. I would be very interested in the information you have obtained about PT-300. I have done a little research but nothing compared to yours. Please share.


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wrong posting...


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Collen,
As an author of the book AMERICAN PT BOATS IN WW II, I have been looking for a
photo of Lt. Commander J. Paul Austin in uniform. He was a Naval Intelligence Officer
served with a PT squadron in the Pacific. He was on PT 346 in April 1944 and saw action.
He was the CEO of CocaCola 1962 - 1981. Thats all I have.
If you could locate it please email me at victorkchun@aol.com. If you can purchase it, any size
(5 x 7 if possible) I will pay all expenses.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Victor Chun

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victorkchun

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: May 31, 2015 - 2:51pm
Collen,
Austin was with Ron 25 if that help.
Victor

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