PT Crewmen of Ron 27 in the Treasury Islands

… and the PT boats were on the scene too.
The post that follows this on, “Hatches – the PT 373 Mascot”, is also a good one!

PT Boat Red

Three sailors of PT 373 hold the flag of Squadron (Ron) 27 at a location in the Treasury Islands, probably in 1943.  The names of the crewmen are:  A.J. Cotten, L.H. France, and W. Matherly.  The photo was taken by Cookee Swanson.

An invasion of the Treasury Islands (part of the Solomon Islands) took place in the late fall of 1943.  The lead role in the invasion was taken by New Zealand troops.  American PTs played a supporting role in the action.

This photo was included in a print edition of the PT publication “All Hands” which was graciously sent to me by fellow splinter, Mike Nixon, whose father served with my father on PT 373 later in the war.

Whenever I come across a reference to PT 373, I carefully study the faces of the sailors, wondering if any of them crossed paths with Red Stahley or perhaps served…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 13, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.


  1. Wünsche dir einen schönen Valentinstag Gruß von mir Gislinde

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  2. Incredible history. I think your posts should be a non-fiction book.

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    • Now, that would be something, Cindy. Trouble is, it is far easier to get permission to reprint for a non-profitable blog than it is for a book; I’d be 147 years old before that could be completed and I don’t have the money to pay the royalties. I do thank you for the sentiment though.

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  3. I had no idea that New Zealand was involved in the Pacific—all we ever get here is African desert, Monte Cassino and a few mentions of the Battle of Britain.

    As for the PT boats, the crew must’ve felt awesomely vulnerable …

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    • I’m sure they all did. Those boats were considered expendable. I have mentioned the New Zealanders before this, when I can locate them, so often they are included in different histories as part of the Allied force or Commonwealth, that it takes me awhile to confirm who was exactly there.

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  4. Thanks very much for reblogging my recent posts on PTBoatRed, I really appreciate your support, it has meant a lot. Your blog is excellent and I’ve learned so much from following it. Keep up the great work and thanks for helping to spread the word about the PT boats and their brave crews in WWII. Best wishes for a happy holiday weekend.

    Steve Stahley

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  5. What happened to the PT boats? They were iconic and now they’re gone.

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  6. Weekend plăcut, dragi prieteni!- A lovely weekend, dear friends!

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  7. Always sobering, to think of these brave young men in tiny boats, fighting in strange lands, far from home.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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