WWII veteran and President John F Kennedy with crew on his PT-109 Motor Torpedo boat.

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Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, USNR, (standing at right) with other crewmen on board PT-109, 1943.

The crew aboard PT-109 on her last mission:

John F. Kennedy, Lieutenant, junior grade (LTJG), Commanding Officer (Boston, Massachusetts). Became 35th President of the United States.
Leonard J. Thom, Ensign (ENS), Executive Officer (Sandusky, Ohio).
George H. R. “Barney” Ross, Ensign (ENS) (Highland Park, Illinois). On board as an observer after losing his own boat. Attempted to operate the 37 mm gun but suffered from night blindness.
Raymond Albert, Seaman 2/c (Akron, Ohio). Killed in action 8 October 1943.[26]
Charles A. “Bucky” Harris, Gunner’s Mate 3/c (GM3) (Watertown, Massachusetts).
William Johnston, Motor Machinist’s Mate 2/c (MM2) (Dorchester, Massachusetts).
Andrew Jackson Kirksey, Torpedoman’s Mate 2/c (TM2) (Reynolds, Georgia). Killed in collision, listed as missing by National Geographic account.[27]
John E. Maguire, Radioman 2/c (RM2) (Dobbs Ferry, New York).
Harold William Marney, Motor Machinist’s Mate 2/c (MM2) (Springfield, Massachusetts). Killed in collision, manning turret closest to impact point.[28]
Edman Edgar Mauer, Quartermaster 3/c (QM3) (St. Louis, Missouri).
Patrick H. “Pappy” McMahon, Motor Machinist’s Mate 1/c (MM1) (Wyanet, Illinois). Only man in engine room during collision, was badly burned, but recovered from his wounds. Only member of the crew besides Kennedy mentioned by name in the song.
Ray L. Starkey, Torpedoman’s Mate 2/c (TM2) (Garden Grove, California).
Gerard E. Zinser, Motor Machinist’s Mate 1/c (MM1) (Belleville, Illinois). Erroneously called “Gerald” in many publications.

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