The PT-109 was built in Bayonne, NJ by the Electric Launch Company and launched on June 20, 1942. The boat was the 7th vessel in the 80-ft. PT-103-class. It was delivered to the US Navy in July and fitted out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
After work was complete in Brooklyn, PT-109 was dispatched to Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) Squadron 5 in Panama.The PT-109 is famous since it was the boat future president of the United States, John F. Kennedy both served on and survived a crash that nearly ended his life in World War II.
PT-109 was rammed and cut in half by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. Though the destroyer suffered minor damage, 109 was destroyed. Thrown into the water, 2 of PT-109's crew were killed in the collision. Kennedy made heroic efforts to rescue his men. For his efforts, Kennedy was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
With Kennedy's political ascent after the war, the story of PT-109 became well known and was the subject of a feature film in 1963. When asked how he became a war hero, Kennedy replied, "It was involuntary. They sank my boat."
The presentation covers the following:
Design & Construction
Lt. John Kennedy Arrives
PT-109 Under Kennedy
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... World War II.