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kendall strehle

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been looking for info on ron 7. where were they based, what boats and maybe what commands was the squad under. its been awhile but still and always looking for where my dad may have been with his boat.
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ROLLIN WESTHOLM STARTED THINGS OFF BEING SQUADRON COMMANDER OF RON 7 IN SEPTEMBER 1942. JOHN D. BULKELEY TOOK OVER IN OCTOBER 1942,HAVING COMMAND UNTIL THE FOLLOWING OCTOBER 1943. LT. EDWARD ROBERTS TOOK OVER UNTIL FEBRUARY 1944, UNTIL BOB LEESSON HAD THE HELM UNTIL NOVEMBER 1944. THE LAST SQUADRON COMMANDER WAS LT. ROGER HALLOWELL WHO HAD COMMAND FROM NOVEMBER 26, 1944 UNTIL FEBRUARY 1945.

THIS WAS AN ALL ELCO SQUADRON CONSISTING OF BOATS 127 THRU 138. THREE OF THE BOATS WERE DESTROYED. PT 133 WAS HIT BY ENEMY FIRE AND DESTROYED AROUND JULY OF 1944, AND PT 135 AND 136 WERE DESTROYED TO PREVENT CAPTURE. SQUADRON 7 WAS ASSIGNED TO THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA AND HAD ACTION IN NEW GUINEA WATERS IN TUFI,MOROBE,KIRIWINA,DREGER HARBOR,AND AITAPE, AND IN PHILIPPINE WATERS AT SAN PEDRO BAY AND ORMOC.

THE SQUDRON WAS ALSO BASED FOR A TIME AT KANA KOPA, NEW GUINEA;THURSDAY ISLAND,AUSTRAILA;FERGUSON ISLAND,D'ENTRECASTEAUX GROUP;AND MIOS WOENDI,DUTCH NEW GUINEA, BUT HAD NO ACTION FROM THESE BASES. SQUADRON 7 WAS AWARDED THE NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION FOR ACTION IN THE NEW GUINEA AREA FROM APRIL 1, 1944, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1945.

THE BOATS WERE ON DETACHED DUTY FROM THRUSDAY ISLAND FROM JUNE TO AUGUST 1943, AS MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT DIVISION 19 UNDER COMMAND OF LT. COMMANDER ROBER J. BULKELEY. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU A BIT. I COULD DIG FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE THREE BOATS DESTROYED PROVIDING I HAVE TIME.


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