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Topic: WHILE WE ARE TALKING.....
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Does anyone yet know the actual boat assignments of the following:
Lt. J. Paul Austin,RON 25,
Ens. Howard Baker, RON 44
Lt. Charles A. Black, RON 21,
Lt. Michael J. Holovak RON 7 AND RON 8,
Cdr. Henry Ringling North, RON 15,
Cdr. Paul T. Rennell RON 1 AND RON 21, (I think, without looking at my stuff, Rennell was on PT 21, RON 1)
Lt. Preston L. Sutphen, Jr., RON 29 AND RON 36,
Lt. (later LCDR) Harold Thorkilsen
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Mar 3, 2013 - 3:35pm
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Sorry, Ted. Nothing that I can find about specific boats.

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Mar 3, 2013 - 9:31pm
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Is that the Stuphen of Stuphen glass?

Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 5:55am
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Ted,
Found this bio on LT Austin. Mentions he was intelligence oficer and was uninjured in a friendly fire incident with PT 346.
[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Paul_Austin[/url]
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 6:08am
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A Lieut. Paul T. Rennell USNR of Greenwich, Conn was on Ron 21's PT-327.
Doesn't say whether he was CO or XO but being a full Lieut. I'd guess at skipper.



Wayne

Posted By: Wayne Traxel | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 8:15am
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Ted, in my records I have Lt. J. Paul Austin as an intelligence Officer with the Squadron............



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 8:36am
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Ted, in my records I have Lt. J. Paul Austin as an intelligence Officer with the Squadron............



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 8:36am
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Lt Black in addition to later marrying Shirley Temple was also an intelligence officer and reported to have gone out on over 100 missions. Could find no reference to a specific boat. Were the intel guys actually assigned to specific boats?
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 9:26am
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Gary;
No they were not, they were part of the RON HQ/Command section.
Thanks for the added info.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 10:37am
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Ted,
Is LT Preston Sutphen the son of the head design engineer of Elco, Preston Sutphen? I was unaware he had a son. That would be pretty cool is he was the skipper of an Elco PT Boat that his father designed! Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 10:45am
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Is this: Lt. Preston L. Sutphen, Jr., RON 29 AND RON 36, the same Sutphen as Sutphen Glass fame?

Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 11:00am
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Garth,
From PT Trivia here on this site
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Preston L. Sutphen, Sr., (deceased) Vice President Electric Boat Company, builder of PTs

Lt. Preston L. Sutphen, Jr., (deceased) son of Sutphen Sr.; Rons 29 and 36

Not sure about the glass maker.
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 11:31am
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This was Preston Sutphen's son that was attached to PT BOATS. At one time, I was in touch with his Wife, Martha, who was then living in Sag Harbor in Long Island. I had a visit set up with her, and was to take the Cross Sound Ferry to this Summer home, when she fell ill. I never did get to see her, but do have both of the Telephone numbers. Maybe I can get in touch with the family.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 11:38am
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FYI
I have since found out CDR Henry Ringling North, worked for the O.S.S. in Italy, in conjuction with RON 15 and BJU-1(Commanded by Douglas Fairbanks)and the Salerno operation.
PT 202 RON 15, brought Ringling North and 30 commandos to the beach. Also on the boat with North and Fairbanks, was then New York Herald Tribune war correspondant John Steinbeck.
CDR Henry Ringling North later also worked with CDR Ian Fleming's SOE led 30 Commando.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 11:51am
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Lt. Holovak shown as skipper of a PT Boat in the Pacific. Only 2 boats PT 129 and 130 were part of Rons 7 and 8. May give a starting point to narrow the search.
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 11:57am
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I only ask because Kennedy received a gift of a Supthen Glass statute that signifies his wartime experiences to the White House. I was just wondering if THAT was the connection?

Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 12:18pm
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Ted,

Henry North was the 'Finance Officer' for the OSS contingent in Italy. He probably rode a number of Ron 15 boats in the Med during their numerous operations. I think the OSS started using Ron 15 in Palermo for Operation McGreggor, the capitulation of the Italian Navy to the Allies. And I guess it worked !


Steve

Posted By: Nuge210 | Posted on: Mar 4, 2013 - 5:38pm
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Also, I thought the glass PT presented to JFK by Peter tare was from
Steuben Glass.

Steve

Posted By: Nuge210 | Posted on: Mar 5, 2013 - 4:06am
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Steve

Your are correct, the glass pt boat with Presidential seal was a Steuben glass design, which sat on Kennedy's desk, and is now at the Kennedy Library.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Mar 5, 2013 - 4:16am
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OK. I was mistaken. Oh well.

Posted By: TGConnelly | Posted on: Mar 5, 2013 - 5:26am
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