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Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: Information search

My dad served on a PT in the South Pacific. Kenneth Dykema. He was a torpedo man assigned to the forward 50. His Captains name was Ellis. He was at the battle of Leyette Gulf. Looking for any further information anyone might have as to more information of the boat number et.. I am his youngest son who proudly served on the Guided missile Destroyer USS Kidd. My dad has long past and remember the stories he told me during his final years. As a child watching McHales Navy, he told me that was pretty much how it was, with a smile in his eyes. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted By: ScottD | Posted on: May 1, 2019 - 5:08pm
Total Posts: 7 | Joined: May 1, 2019 - 6:48am

From Muster reports, he was in Squadron 12, arrived July 24, 1944. Stayed til September 1945. Boat-wise, you have to go through the deck logs of RON 12 boats to see which boat he was on.


Posted By: 29navy | Posted on: May 1, 2019 - 6:50pm
Total Posts: 584 | Joined: Dec 28, 2006 - 3:02pm

Thank you so very much Charlie. Have a wonderful day.

Posted By: ScottD | Posted on: May 2, 2019 - 2:25am
Total Posts: 7 | Joined: May 1, 2019 - 6:48am

Here you go:
DYKEMA, Kenneth J.,TM3c,Jul 44 to Aug 45,PT 146

(REF: Desloge, Rick. Hell on Keels: The Saga of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 12 (Kindle Location 3811). . Kindle Edition. ).

Thanks to LT. Bill Skade, you can find several photos of PT 146 while assigned to RON 12 here:

Hope this helps!
Take care,

Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: May 5, 2019 - 1:57pm
Total Posts: 3011 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am

Thanks Ted. You the best.

Posted By: ScottD | Posted on: May 8, 2019 - 12:43pm
Total Posts: 7 | Joined: May 1, 2019 - 6:48am