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I am writing epilog notes for my PT 109 book (being published this October).
Does anyone have good, basic "whatever happened to" information on any of these PT boat officers after August 1943 (major military and civilian jobs held, when they died, any other interesting highlights)?:
Thomas Warfield
John Lowrey
Hank Brantingham
Philip Potter
Russell Rome
Arthur Berndtson
George Cookman
James Woods (Warfield's communications officer at Rendova in August 1943)
Robert Lee Rhoads
Reg Evans (Australian Coastwatcher)
Thanks very much, I really appreciate it.
William Doyle
billdoyleus@gmail.com

William Doyle

Posted By: William Doyle | Posted on: May 15, 2015 - 12:23pm
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Hey William,
I think Jack Duncan kept in touch with the Brantinghams, you may want to ask him for details. Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: May 15, 2015 - 12:52pm
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Bill;
Here is all I could find:

[B]Thomas Glover Warfield USNA ‚32[/B]
- USNA Instructor, 1939-1941 Ordnance and Gunnery
- USS BITTERN (AM-36)10 DEC 1941 damaged in Jap air raid: later scuttled in Manila Bay. LT.
- MARECHAL JOFFRE (French Liner) 19 DEC 1941, Commandeered with 4 other USN officers, took PATWING 10 Maintenance crews to Australia. Then returned to U.S. solo.
- USS Mercury(AK 42)1942 to Efate.
- RON 4, RON 10, PT BASE CO Treasury Island, MTBSTC.
- CO USS Niblack (DD-424) Oct 24 1944 - Mar 23 1945
- USS Uvalde (AKA-88) 25 May 1955 - 2 August 1956
- CNO Staff
- SECDEF Staff, Retired as a Rear Admiral. Last Patrol: March 20, 1988

[B]John Lowrey PT 162 RON 9 nothing found after this.[/B]

[b]Henry Joseph (Hank) Brantingham USNA ‚39[/b]
- XO PTC 1 PTC RON 1 , CO PT 33 and PT 35 RON 3, MTBSTC, RON 9 ,
- XO USS Benson (DD-421)1944,
- CO USS Satterlee (DD-636) May 10 1945 - Nov 30 1945,
- USS Sigourney (DD-643) Mar 20 1946 - Dec 7 1946
- XO USS Edisto (AGB-2)
- USS Colahan (DD-658) Jul 29 1954 - Mar 1956,
- USS Burton Island (AGB-1) 8 November 1957 - 24 January 1959,
- 1964, Retired CDR, USN, University of California Chemistry Dept(16 years) Last patrol: 24 Mar 1997

[B]Philip A. Potter Jr. PT 169 RON 10, found nothing after this.[/B]

[B]Russell W. Rome PT 174 RON 10 found nothing after this[/B]

[B]Arthur Henry Berndtson USNA ‚40[/B]
- USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6) 1942,
- Melville, XO RON 10, CO RON 20, XO and CO RON 4,
- CO MASSEY (DD 778) April 1944-DEC 1945(from USNA 40 Class Bio, however, not on Massey list of CO‚s in NAVSOURCE, so might have been PXO and XO)
- CO HAMBLETON (DMS 20) Feb 1946 - Aug 1946,
- JAG for the Law PG course at GWU Sept 1946,
- Flag Secretary to ComCruDiv 3 June 1949,  
- CO STICKELL (DD 888) Sep 12 1951 - Dec 13 1952,
- Legal Office, 12ND Jan 1953,
- Staff of ComTraPac,
- XO, TOLEDO (CA 133),
- BuPers as Director, Training Management Division Summer 1958,
- CO OGLETHORPE (AKA 100) 31 July 1961 - 31 July 1962
- Legal and Legislative Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff August 1962, ComPhibRon 6,  BuPers as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Performance 1967-1 June 1970, Retired as a Captain. Last Patrol Jun. 25, 2009

[B]George Eustis Cookman YALE ‚38,[/B]
- Lieutenant, U.S. Navy United States Naval Reserve KIA August 03, 1943, buried US Cemetery Manila

[B]James Woods[/B]
- (Warfield's communications officer at Rendova in August 1943)

[B]Capt. Robert Lee " DUSTY" Rhoads Jr[/B]
- USS ALUDRA(AK 72) 24 June 1943 Transportation then to USS John Powers transport from EBON to EPIC, 28 June 1943 to MTB RON 2.
- PT 59, PT 61 RON 2
- CAPT, Military Sealift Command 1962, San Anselmo, Texas

[B]Reg Evans, (Australian Coastwatcher)[/B]
Link: - [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Reginald_Evans[/url]

Take care,
TED


Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 16, 2015 - 12:57pm
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That's Strange......Dick can your repair my posting, please.
Thanks,
TED
P.S. Bill I will email it direct to you.



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 16, 2015 - 1:12pm
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Lt. George Cookman Skipper of PT-107 was killed in action a week or two after PT-109's loss.

Wayne Traxel

Posted By: Wayne Traxel | Posted on: May 16, 2015 - 2:29pm
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Ted . . .

It is fixed and enhanced a little . . . .





Posted By: Dick | Posted on: May 16, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Thanks Dick.
Wayne, online dates are the 3rd and the 7th. The Manila Cemetary lists Tuesday 3rd of August 1943. 1 August 1943 was a Sunday
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 16, 2015 - 5:28pm
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