PT-109 Motor Torpedo BOAT –– future president JFK & Crew –
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WWII veteran and President John F Kennedy with crew on his PT-109 Motor Torpedo boat.

pt-109 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…

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