PT's patrolling off coast of New Guinea1
This is a beautiful photo of a motor torpedo boat (MTB) from the National Archives World War II photos.
My sister and I found two similar photos in the stash at my parent’s home on our visit home for an early Thanksgiving with Bubba’s descendants on Sunday. We dove into the stacks looking for photos from Bubba’s time on the PT boat. This photo2 shows PT 163 and must have been ordered from PT Boats,Inc..
If Bubba was in indeed a member of PT RON 23, then this is not a photo of his boat. PT RON 23 encompassed PTs 241-244 and 277-2883.
This is the other photo4 we found. It is hard to make out, but shows PT 328. See my photo edit here.
He may or may not have taken this photo, but I am betting on the fact that he did. Bubba brought his camera everywhere and taught my sister and me to do the same. The photo I have is an old blow up. Someday I hope to go through the literally thousands of slides we have to see if he kept the original. My Aunt will be looking through the photo stash at her house for photos taken on his boat with his crewmates. My secret wish is that the boat number will be visible in one of the pictures she finds.
1. “Pictures of World War II,” digital image. The National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos: accessed 24 November 2010), “PT's patrolling off coast of New Guinea. 1943. 80-G-11258. (ww2 59.jpg),” citing Still Picture Branch (NNSP); National Archives, College Park, Maryland.
2. PT Boat 163 photograph, ca. 1942-1945; digital image ca. 2010, privately held by Jennifer Shoer, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2010. This print, purchased by Jennifer’s grandfather, Edward [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE], was inherited by Jennifer’s mother, Sharon [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE] and acquired by Jennifer for scanning. The original may be held by PT Boats, Inc., Germantown, Tennessee.
3. Robert J. Bulkley Jr., At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2003), 470-471.
4. PT Boat 328 photograph, ca 1943-1945; digital image ca. 2010, privately held by Jennifer Shoer, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2010. This print from the collection of Jennifer’s grandfather, Edward [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE,] was inherited by Jennifer’s mother, Sharon [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE,] and acquired by Jennifer for scanning.