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 Author  Topic: Ron 33 Boat 497 Cockpit pics

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With the postings lately of Ron 33 & boat 497 I thought I'd add a few of the pictures I have (sorry they're not retouched & cleaned up, but that will have to wait until later). A quick thanks to Jerry Gilmartin for his quick response to my floundering with linking images from photo bucket. The pictures below were taken by my uncle Howard(actually my Dad's uncle) Howard Herling while he was serving with Ron 33. This first 2 pictures are of him & the others are friends/crewmates? He only very rarely talked about his time in the navy & so even his daughter doesn't know much about his service. I'd really appreciate any info anyone might have about his rank, crew position, assigned boat(s) etc. I have more of his pictures & hopefully will get them posted soon, but some were damaged in a house fire & need some restoration work to be worth posting. The last picture here is tagged with the names that were written on the back of the original. Hope you all enjoy these first few & I hope they might help me find out more details about his PT service.
Howard Earl Herling Ron 33

From other photos, I believe the guy in the picture below is named Stan.

Claud, Hank, Stan, Howard, Wilson, Mike, John, 497?


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Thanks for posting your photos, Blake.

Good view of the searchlight pintle mount in Photo #4, a part that is never represented on PT boat models.

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Hello everyone. I need your help finding PT boat crews to interview for an upcoming book!

As the historian for the Alamo Scouts Assn., I am compiling an oral history of the unit to include accounts by PT boat members who had contact with and/or who supported Scout missions in New Guinea from Dec 43-Oct 44 and in the Philippines from Oct 44-Oct 45. I believe that including accounts from PT boat veterans adds balance and perspective to the Scouts incredible record of some 110 missions behind the lines without losing a man killed or captured, and will help shed light on the importance of PT boats and their crews in the Scouts success. It is hoped that the book will be published late this year. I have already interviewed over a dozen men and hope to continue for another six months.
Those Alamo Scouts missions supported by PT boats operated mostly from Fergusson Island, Mios Woendi, Biak, and Roemberpon Island in 1944, and from and from numerous advance PT bases on Leyte and Luzon. Those PT boats and other naval craft known to have supported Alamo Scouts training and live operations are:

PTs 74, 127, 132, 190, 193, 194, 300, 312, 317, 321, 326, 331, 363, 379, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 494, 495, 497, 522, 523, 524, 546, 551. LCIs 364, 432. LCS 10, LST 708.

If you served aboard one the boats listed above or on another boat which supported the Alamo Scouts, please drop me an email. Thanks for your helpand for your service. Please visit our website at:


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