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!
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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Posted on February 13, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged 1940's, family history, History, Military, Military History, Navy, Pacific War, veterans, WW2, WWII. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.