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BKMKOK

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Is there a list of PT Boat commanders available? I have a great uncle that was supposed to be on a PT Boat during WW2? I have what I believe is the American Flag that was flown on board the Boat he was supposed to be on?
His name is Robert L Sanford, Commander, USN Ret


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I'm not finding a Robert L Sanford on the PT Boat list. What was your great uncle's name and do you know the squadron number?

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Charlie, I do believe I was given the wrong name. His name was Robert Ira Sanford. Not sure of the squadron number or anything. I'm going to have a display made for the flag and am trying to get what information I can to go with it. Again, the name is Robert Ira Sanford. Would there be any thing marked on the flag to tell anything? Thanks again for your time Sir.


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The flag wouldn't have anything on it to tell who used it. It would have a manufacturers name and a size, but that's about it.

I'm striking out with Robert Ira Sanford in the Navy during WWII. I have found one entry in the Navy Log from the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC that lists a Robert I Sanford, CDR but no info. I cannot find his name in the officer registers.

Where is he from?


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Arkansas.


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The only Robert Sanford I see in the Navy Officers registers is a Robert H Sanford, but he was a pilot.

There are a lot of Robert Sanford as enlisted, but no middle initial I or associated with PT boats.

I only see two Sanfords in our PT Boat Veteran's listing, neither are a Robert.

I found an Obituary for a Robert Ira Sanford in Louisiana August 1971 - said he was from Arkansas and was being buried there. Born 1917. No mention of military service (Don't know if this is him nor not.)

I see him in Find-a-grave, but no info on him.

I see a draft card - Living in Mississippi then Baton Rouge (1942). Wife is Edna.

So I'm not sure where else to look.

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