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ronb

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have about 100 questions but will post just a few for now. Searching for the pt boat my uncle was on during the war. His name JOSEPH W CONTOIS served in the pacific and had been sent to Florida to be in the movie THEY WERE EXPENDABLE with the pt boats riding along with other boats. Any informatin on how to gain access to his records or information. He passed away last march and had told me he kept in touch with other members. He had sent photo's while in New Guina and a copy of his certifict from motor torpedo boat training center, With S2C,813 51 62,V-6S. can any one tell me what this means.
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fred

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Other more helpful people will be along with better answers, but my limited knowledge is this:

S2c is Seaman Second Class.

813 51 62 is his serial number.

V-6S is his rating if I remember correctly.

Do you have a copy of his seperation papers? That'll help you figure out a lot more about his service. Their next of kin can also request paperwork from the National Archives - you don't even have to go to DC for it!

http://www.archives.gov/veterans

Grandson of James J Stanton
RON 15 PT-209 RON 23 PT-243
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newsnerd99

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Also look for the fancy discharge papers - it looks something like this:





I'm suprised at home incomplete some records are (the discharge papers are missing several stops on Pop's trip through the service, but the seperation papers have pretty much everything:




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ronb -

very sorry to hear that joe contois has passed
my condolences to you and his family.

we served on pt497. he was a gm3/c (gunners mate 3rd class).
his nickname among the crew was popeye.

our theatres of action were new guinea, and island
jumping to the phillipines.

if you need additional info let me know.

gus rm3/c


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Russell Pullano

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Hi, I elieve V-6 meant that we were recruited in the navy for a lenght of time meaning Victory plus 6 months.


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Russell Pullano

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Gus, I hate to be the one who questions posts, but...How could tell ronb that his grandfather was a gunners mate when his military records show that he was a QM 1/c when he was discharged.
You must somehow have another Stanton in mind.

Russ



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area51

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russell -

i was replying to the original message by ronb
requesting info on his deceased uncle.
you are referring to the stanton message.

joe contois was definately a gunners mate. we lived on
that 497 with 12 others for a year and a half until we
burned her up with a bunch of other boats off samar island.

gus r m 3/c



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Russell Pullano

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Gus ,

I must apologize. I guess I don't know the difference from Stanton and Contois. I saw Stanton's discahrge papers that was posted and I jumped at conclusions.

Sorry. Have a merry Christmas.

Watch this board for later tonight I am going to send the most beautiful Christmas card to all the members of this board. It is something to be seen.

Russ


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