Leader emerged from sinking of Kennedy's torpedo boat by Japanese destroyer
Lt. John F. Kennedy, right, and his PT 109 crew in the South Pacific in July 1943. On Aug. 2, the torpedo boat was rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in the middle of the night, and the surviving crew members were forced to swim to an island several miles away.
Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:00 am
John W. Flores is a writer in Albuquerque, N.M. Born in Dallas, he is a former reporter for the Dallas Morning News, has written three biographies and is a veteran search-and-rescue crewman of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The young, skinny Navy officer walked along the dock at a South Pacific base and met his new crewmen for the first time as they stood on the sun-drenched deck of a nondescript, navy green torpedo boat.
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