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Frank J Andruss Sr

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We have all seen this awesome color photo taken of this tough looking Sailor with the links of 50 caliber machine gun shells. Only recently did I learn that his name was William Maul. According to Sean Tracy who sent me his name said he was one of the nicest, most humble men I ever met. I built him a 35 scale model of his boat and he was so proud of it. The pic on the right is when I took him and a few other heroes on a paddle wheeler around one of our big lakes. I asked the skipper if an old PT boater could take the helm and here is the result of that request. Bill served with Ron 10 and was the CO of PT-164. Not sure why Bill Maul is dressed as an enlisted man in the color photo, as he graduated as an Ensign in Melville Class 8 (11/15-12/31/1942, Most RON 10 Officers were in this class, Barney Ross was in his class, as were several Enlisted men ), also the photo is taken on PT 107 RON 5, it is part of the group of photos July 1942, off New York.

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Thanks Frank, good to know his name. He is one tough looking sailor.


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Frank;
After 164 was bombed, Maul took over as Skipper of PT 170.

Reference: page 136 At Close Quarters


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I don't want to sound like a old stick in the mud, but I question whether the PT sailor and William Maul are the same guy. Although they do sort of look alike.

William J Maul, Jr, went into the Navy in July 1942, was commissioned Ensign around October 1942 and was at MTBSTC starting around November 12,1942. and was assigned to RON 10 upon graduation Dec 31, 1942.

PT 107 was commissioned July 3, 1942, to RON 5.and was in Panama in September 1942. I don't think the 107 was in that paint scheme at that time. So I don't know when their paths would have crossed.

The thing that gets me is, like what was said, why would he be dressed like an enlisted sailor? With tattoos all over his arms?

I believe, if that is in truth the 107, that the sailor is Willie H D Monk, Torpedoman 2nd Class, who was on the 107 from commissioning up to June 1943..





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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Sometimes we are at the mercy of what we are told by an older veteran. It is possible that memories have faded and they actually believe some of the tall tales that they have been telling all of these years to be what actually happened. I have had this happen to me once or twice. It is not on purpose deception since if you tell the same story long enough you tend to believe it yourself. Perhaps this is another example? I cant think of any reason why a boat captain Officer would put on Enlisted uniform just to pose for a picture! Not in my Navy. This is only my opinion for what it is worth!

Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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I know Jerry. The one thing that wasn't made clear, was did William Maul say that was him? Or did someone else identify the sailor as Maul - or a misheard Monk - and assume it was the same guy?

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  TED WALTHER

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It’s simple to clear up. If he is still alive, let’s check Mr. Maul’s arms for tattoos. Which 99.9% of WW2 Officers did not have.
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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I have been trying to reach Sean Tracy who knew Bill very well, who might be able to shed some light


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A high res copy of the photo can be found here: https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/80-G-K-13000/80-G-K-13624.html

Title: A well - Tatooed Pt Boat Crewman
Caption: Handles belts of .50 cal. Machine gun ammunition, on board a PT Boat on training duty at Melville, R. I. during World War II. Note: Depth charge at left. Color coded bullet tips, in ratio of one red to three black.

Can't make out much of the name:

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