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Ed B

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Ed B  Posted on: Apr 2, 2008 - 11:27am
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Jackie--

Southwest Pacific - Conquest of New Guinea is an excerpt from Bulkley's book At Close Quarters, an excellent read. I particularly enjoyed rereading this part about the rescue of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, with which your husband/squadron was involved. A paperback reprint can be ordered through PT Boats Inc on this website by clicking the Ship's Store button at top of this page. The Ship's Store also includes a listing and brief description of quite a few other great books on PTs , including one or two written by people who possibly may have known your husband.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Michael   Send Email To Michael Posted on: Apr 2, 2008 - 2:25pm
ED B,
are there any books that cover the PT Bases that you know of,or do any of the books that Will and yourself have mentioned have any detailed references to the Bases.
Thanks Mate
PS mainly interested in Base 4 Kana Kopa and Base 6 Dreger Harbor as well as Base 4 (A) Cairns

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Jackie

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Thank you Ed B. I will order "At Close Quarters." I did see the list of books, but there are so many, I need personal references. Thanks for yours.

Jackie
(picking up from the Names message thread)

Jackie--

Southwest Pacific - Conquest of New Guinea is an excerpt from Bulkley's book At Close Quarters, an excellent read. I particularly enjoyed rereading this part about the rescue of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, with which your husband/squadron was involved. A paperback reprint can be ordered through PT Boats Inc on this website by clicking the Ship's Store button at top of this page. The Ship's Store also includes a listing and brief description of quite a few other great books on PTs , including one or two written by people who possibly may have known your husband.





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Ed B

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Michael

There are a quite a few references to the bases you mentioned, and a couple of pictures, in the book At Close Quarters, but I'm not sure what your definition of detailed might be. One picture, of a truck trying to make its way through the apparently bottomless mud at Kana Kopa, was particularly illustrative of problems encountered with this base development, and I was amused to read that one truck was actually lost in that mud (please excuse my sense of humor).

Now here's one for you, admittedly a long shot: Several years ago, Alyce Guthrie at PT Boats HQ requested my assistance in identifying the significance of or identities of people in a photograph dated Feb 1944 from Elco's files. I was unable to help, and I don't have the photo copy now. It was a seeminly odd photo to be in Elco's file -- my recollection is of a ceremony with half a dozen important-looking men standing around a banquet table, with the guest of honor seated before a very large cake with an equally large number 4 adorning it. It certainly wasn't a birthday cake! I didn't recognize any of the dignitaries, but I vaguely recall the guest of honor was uniformed - but not U.S.! Possibly Australian? (I hope my memory isn't playing tricks on me.) I've always thought this might have something to do with Base 4, although I don't know why Elco would have such a photo. If you think you could possibly help in identifying anything about this photo, please contact Alyce at HQ and offer your assistance - I'm sure she will send you a copy to review.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Michael   Send Email To Michael Posted on: Apr 3, 2008 - 3:09pm
Thanks Ed B,
I will contact HQ and have a look at the picture you mentioned.I have a copy of "At Close Quarters" its a great read.What im looking for are photos or anything of the bases in the hope that i might see my Grandfather who served on them,a long shot i know but you'll never know if you dont try eh.
Thanks again mate
PS Sorry for hijacking your post , Jackie

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Jackie

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Apr 7, 2008 - 6:03pm
That's OK Michael. I learn from all of you. I will ask again, though, if there was any rhyme or reason in which the way the PT's were numbered?

Jackie


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