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 Author  Topic: Trying to figure out Boat number for my dad
malfond

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of malfond  Posted on: Jan 30, 2021 - 5:33am
Hi, My dad passed away 3 years ago but I have been doing some research and found a Muster Roll of the crew saying that he was Motor Boat Squadron, 7th fleet. I also know that on 9/8/45 he was supposed to be transferred to Navy 3149. His name was Robert Francis Morgan. If anyone has information on how I can research this more to figure out which PT boat he was on I would really appreciate it. Thank you!


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Welcome aboard. PT Boat Squadron 7th Fleet was not a PT boat Squadron, but rather the HQ element, administrative and operations for the MTB Squadrons in the 7th fleet. PT Boaters would report there and then be assigned to a squadron.. Having arrived in October 1945, there really weren't any Squadrons to send your dad to. Navy 3149 is Samar Island, Philippine Islands, which is where they stripped and burned the remaining PT Boats.

OK. He arrived at 7th Fleet from Samar on September 8, 1945. Then was transferred to the Receiving Ship at Subic. Can't find him on Subic R/S yet. I'll see if I can track him down at Samar.


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Looks like he went to MTBSTC - the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center, (Melville, RI) between June and August 1945.. Transferred out of MTBSTC Aug 11, 1945 to Shoemaker (CA) for further transfer to Western Sea Frontier (in the Pacific).

So based on this timeline, I would say your dad was not assigned to an active squadron nor to an active boat.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of malfond  Posted on: Jan 30, 2021 - 4:54pm
Thanks so much for this information. I have been going through old documents all day and found his notice of separation. This is what it said for vessels and stations served on. NTS, Sampson, NY which I know was training. Then R/S, Navy 3002, USS LCI(L) 1076, USS PCE-845, and USS YP 645. and it said he was a Fireman, First Class (MoMM) Does that help at all because I know he said he entered late but I am quite sure he was on a PT Boat. Thanks for the help.


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Interesting, he should have MTBSTC on his list of duty stations, too. But that looks right. Went to LCI(L) 1076 on 22 Oct 1945 from Subic Bay, PI. Changed rate from Fireman 2nd to Fireman 1t on 28 Feb 1946.

Transferred to PCE-845 1 March 1946. Then transferred to YP-645 on 20 May 1946.

Says he enlisted on 29 Aug 1944. My guess is that he went to a Diesel engine school after boot camp at Sampson.

He arrived at the Boston Receiving station on 26 Feb 1945 from NTC Gulfport, MS. There was a diesel school in Gulfport.. Transferred to MTBSTC on 3-31-1945. As I mentioned previously, left MTBSTC 11 Aug 1945.

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Yes, He went to NTC (Diesel) in Gulfport Miss for 5 weeks and MTB,STC in Melville RI for 16 weeks. Thank you so much for all of your information.


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Greetings malfond and welcome! You mentioned I am quite sure he was on a PT Boat. During his training at MTBSTC he would indeed have been even if never assigned to one later. Could that be it?



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Yes, I bet that is it!


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Jan 31, 2021 - 5:42pm
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I believe it is on my bucketlist now too. What a wonderful restoration! Thank you for sharing and letting me be a member of this wonderful group!


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