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Forum Name: PT Boats - General
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Topic: Ron 2 & 3(2)
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According to a letter from my my father, Walden Richard Fannin , dated Sept 1, 1943, he was an SF 1/c in Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 2. The letter states his skipper was Mr. Thom (Lennie Thom) and the other officer was Jack Kennedy, son of the Ambassador to England. I assume this was PT
61 (gunboat).. Also I spoke with Joe Atkinson over ten years ago & he said he was my dad's skipper on PT 60 (also a gunboat) & that dad was the cook & gun Captain.
I have his discharge papers & medals. Here it is said he was in Ron 3(2). I also have the round wooden plaque with the PT Boat & the Mosquito holding two pistols.The painter signed it " Peter Intrieri ".

I would like to find copies of the logs for these two boats to see where he served. He was born in 1918 in Boyd Co., Ky., enlisted from Ironton, Ohio at Ashland, Ky. & died in Huntington, WV in 1968.

Regards,

Pat Fannin

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 5, 2015 - 11:46pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Pat;
LT. JFK had PT 59 with ENS. Isaac John Mitchell and ENS. Robert L. "DUSTY" Rhoads as Exec's
LTjg Lennie Thom had PT 60 with ENS. "Nice" Al Webb as his Exec
LTjg Joe Atkinson had PT 61 with ENS. W.C. Fisher(later became CO of LST 703) as his Exec.

LTjg Ray Sopher took over PT 60 after Lennie Thom and Al Webb rotated back to Melville.
ENS. R.W. McDonough took over PT 61 after Joe Atkinson rotated back to Melville.



Lennie Thom and "Nice" Al Webb underway on PT 60, Oct-Nov 1943.



PT 59 or PT 60(probably 60, taken the same time as next photo) motoring along, Lambu Lambu or Lever Harbor Oct -Nov 1943.



Lennie Thom bringing PT 60 in to mooring, Lambu Lambu or Lever Harbor Oct- Nov 1943. Officer in foreground is a RON 19 officer.
Take Care.
TED


Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 8:23am
Total Posts: 2841 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Ted,
Thank you for the information & pictures. These are the best pictures I have seen of the 61. I don't know why my dad mentioned Kennedy as "the other officer", but he did. And he called Mr. Thom his "skipper". He didn't mention Al Webb, but I am sure they were all close.

Do you have any information on the logs or action reports of the 60 or 61 from August, 43 to late 1944. I'd love to know more about what he went through.

Joe Atkinson said dad was with him when the 60 got hit with a 3.7 shell and had to beach at Green Island. That's when he said dad was the cook & either a 50mm or 40mm gun captain, I'd have to look up his letter to be sure.

Thank you again for responding to my post.

Best Regards,

Pat Fannin

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 2:16pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Correction: It was Joe & the 61 that got hit with a shell near Green Island.
Sorry

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 2:21pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Pat;
I have found 14 pages with your Dads (Walden Richard Fannin SF 1/C 634-33-16)name on it, He enlisted on 8 June 1942.

He sailed from New Caledonia to the Solomons on U.S.S Bellatrix(AK 20) in 3-12 January 1943.

Assigned RON 2

Re-assigned to RON 3(2) on 27 December 1943.

Transferred to MTBSTC on 2 April 1944.

Sailed home on U.S.S. General T.H. Bliss(AP 131), 1 May 1944

Then to Naval Academic Refresher Unit V-5, University of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio March 1945

Then to University of Georgia for pre flight training School, 21 August 1945.
Take care,
TED

P.S, go to this post, to see if yours looks like this:
http://www.ptboatforum.com/cgi-bin/MB2/netboardr.cgi?st=10&nd=20&fid=102&cid=101&tid=3539&pg=&sc=


Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 6:20pm
Total Posts: 2841 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Ted,

Thank you so much for all the information. Most of it is confirmed in his records, but I thought he was in flight school at Wooster. I didn't know anything about Georgia flight school, nor did I know the names of the ships he sailed on to & from the Solomons.

Ca you share with me the source of the 14 pages you found with my dad's name on it?

Best Regards,

Pat Fannin

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 9:04pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Ted,

The other plaque you directed me to looks exactly like the one I have. It is around 10 inches in diameter.

Regards

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 7, 2015 - 9:09pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Hi Pat,
Can you post a photo of the plaque on the message board? I kind of want to see it. Thanks Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Nov 8, 2015 - 1:30am
Total Posts: 1215 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm



Is it just me, or does Mr. Thom bear a striking resemblance to one Gregory Boyington?

Larry
62 Bel-Air
260 Eagle EXP
79 Cole TR-2

Posted By: bubbletop409 | Posted on: Nov 8, 2015 - 12:41pm
Total Posts: 153 | Joined: Apr 22, 2013 - 11:48pm



[image]http://i.imgur.com/yeqI2k6.jpg[/image]

Pat Fannin

Posted By: Pat Fannin | Posted on: Nov 8, 2015 - 8:30pm
Total Posts: 9 | Joined: Nov 28, 2006 - 5:20pm



Pat;
Send me your email via the envelope icon on my posts. I will send you all pages.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Nov 9, 2015 - 7:47pm
Total Posts: 2841 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



I'm sure this forum is dead as it hasn't been updated for a few years but the man who created that plaque was my cousin Mr.Peter Intrieri of Chicago, IL. He was a cartoonist for the Chicago tribune post war but also a cartoonist over seas in the Solomon Island. I had papers with picture of him and the squadron in Tulagi and a couple cartoon comic strips about the squadron and daily life in the Solomon's. I believe the plaque was a piece of wood from Kennedy's boat from what I heard. I am wondering what boat he was on as I don't have that information.

Best regards, Michael Intrieri

Michael Robert Intrieri

Posted By: Michael Intrieri | Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 - 9:17pm
Total Posts: 1 | Joined: Feb 6, 2018 - 9:13pm



SHHH we're taking a dirt nap here!

Interesting story about the plaque. JFK was on PT 109 when it was rammed and sunk by a Japanese ship. I suppose a piece of wood could have been found from the wreckage... from whom did you hear that story?

Do you still have the photo and cartoons? I'm sure many here would like to see them.




Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Feb 7, 2018 - 10:09am
Total Posts: 1701 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am



Hi Gents;
Glad this one came back up, I just came across this, a copywrite catolog for 1966,U.S. Government Printing Office, 1966 lists 2 books : John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963 35th President of the United States of America,(Episodes in his life), drawn by Peter L.Intrieri and Pictorial layout of motor torpedo boat squadrons. The Solomonm Islands with LT John F. Kennedy and others 1943-1944. Peter L.Intrieri

I found it here:
[url]https://books.google.com/books?id=rzIhAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA355&lpg=PA355&dq=
pictorial+layout+of+motor+torpedo+boat+squadrons+intrieri+peter+L&source=
bl&ots=OK3pAEKWQc&sig=Dp_l_JzpYIqVRWE3OYPEg9pIB08&hl=en&sa=
X&ved=0ahUKEwisqvPL9pTZAhVBvFMKHfv_BGgQ6AEIOzAH#v=onepage&q=
pictorial%20layout%20of%20motor%20torpedo%20boat%20squadrons%20intrieri%20peter%20L&f=false[/url]


Go to page 251. I have never head of this book before. Has anyone else?
Take care,
TED

P.S. WOW thats a long link!!



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Feb 7, 2018 - 3:28pm
Total Posts: 2841 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Thanks Pat - I found your inquiry very interesting as I built a model of the PT-61 (1/20 scale, RC operation) as a gunboat. I'm particularly interested in the squadron emblem.

Just for fun (or to make it interesting) I picked a date (January 10, 1944) out for the deck diorama/webpage and listed the crew (from Ted). Your dad's name is in the list. I did this last year.

Lew
[url]http://lewsmodelboats.org/PT-PT-61-finished-photos.htm[/url]

Lew Zee

Posted By: Lew Zee | Posted on: Feb 7, 2018 - 8:01pm
Total Posts: 111 | Joined: Dec 12, 2013 - 12:04pm



Hi Pat,
Thank you for posting the photo of your father's pistol packin' mosquito boat badge plaque, three years ago... Definitely a memorable design!
I have restored its colors back to what I believe were the originals, before it yellowed with age,
and added it to my offerings of collectable MTB Squadron mugs. I hope you like it.
[url]https://yko-studio.myshopify.com/collections/drinkware/products/pt-boat-squadron-ron-32-emblem-coffee-mug[/url]
Best Regards,
Jon



Posted By: YKOStudio | Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 - 10:50pm
Total Posts: 10 | Joined: Jun 24, 2018 - 1:26pm