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Topic: New Book
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Anyone read NEPTUNE'S INFERNO? Just searching through the index, looks like a bunch of entries for PTs off Guadalcanal....

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: May 28, 2011 - 4:15pm
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A good friend of mine just got the book and is reading it now...I told him to keep me in mind for PT mentions (and the book when he is done!)

Grandson of James J Stanton
RON 15 PT 209 and RON 23 PT 243
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Posted By: newsnerd99 | Posted on: May 30, 2011 - 1:02am
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Cool. I have it on order...

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: May 30, 2011 - 6:29am
Total Posts: 1954 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm



Interesting section in the book discussing whether the 48 boat did or did not fire a spread of torpedoes at the damaged USS PORTLAND on the night of 13 November, 1942 off Tulagi.

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: May 31, 2011 - 4:55pm
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Will;
Yes, unfortunatly, Tom Kendall fired the spread, thinking Portland was an enemy ship. Thankfully, they all missed!
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 - 5:24am
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Ted: Some questions after the fact about why the incident did not make it into the official reports. Even AT CLOSE QUARTERS doesn't mention it.

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 - 7:02am
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Will;
I don't know, but it is in the 48's log book and it is also in Jack Searles personal Tulagi log that he used for "Tales off Tulagi". So naturally it is entered in my history of the boat.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 - 10:57am
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Ted - OH, I think for sure that it happened. Those were dangerous times and confusing tactical situations....

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 - 11:42am
Total Posts: 1954 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm



Will;
You are correct, it was very dangerous out there. The night Tom Kendall fired on Portland, she was off Sing Song Island.
Another one you won't read anywhere else is that on the night of Jan 1-2 1943, Les Gamble and Sid Rabekoff in PT 45 fired two torpedoes by accident at the New Zealand Corvette Kiwi(AKA: SMOKEY JOE), which they mistook for a Japanese ship, again, fortunatly the two torpedoes missed. After this incident Les Gamble and Kiwi's Skipper, Lt. Cmdr. Gordon Britson RNZNVR , became life long friends.
Take care,
TED



Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 - 4:28pm
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