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A PT Skipper in the South Pacific

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A PT Skipper in the South Pacific

A Naval Officer's Memoir of Service on PTs and a PT Boat Tender
  • by Kenneth W. Prescott, Captain, USNR (Ret.)
    • Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series
      • Second Edition 2011
      • 177 6 × 9 inch pages
      • 100 photos/illustrations
From training at Melville, Rhode Island, to the South Pacific where as XO and CO of PT 61 and CO of PT 48 he served at Tulagi-Florida Island, Guadalcanal, and the Russells, as well as on different assignments in Torokina, Bougainville, and Emirau, New Ireland, back to Melville and on to the USS Jamestown (AGP-3) as XO, home based in the Philippines, and finally to his post-war career in the Navy.

Included are his bird collecting and taxidermy efforts during and after the war, as well as an encounter with future president John F. Kennedy.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Pearl Harbor and Joining the Navy
  • Chapter 2: Motor Torpedo Boat Training, Melville, Rhode Island
  • Chapter 3: To the South Pacific
  • Chapter 4: The Old-Timers: Heroes of the PT Saga
  • Chapter 5: Calvertville
  • Chapter 6: XO of PT 61
  • Chapter 7: Patrolling and Boxing
  • Chapter 8: The Russells, Rats, and Poker
  • Chapter 9: Taxidermy—South Pacific Style
  • Chapter 10: CO of PT 61
  • Chapter 11: Kennedy, Crocs, and Gunboats
  • Chapter 12: CO of PT 48
  • Chapter 13: Torokina and Malaria
  • Chapter 14: Bougainville and Bird Collecting
  • Chapter 15: Emirau and Back to the U.S.
  • Chapter 16: Melville Again
  • Chapter 17: Back to the Pacific
  • Chapter 18: XO of the Jamestown
  • Chapter 19: Japan Surrenders and Jamestown Returns Home
  • Chapter 20: Recuperating in Hollywood
  • Chapter 21: My Post-War Studies
  • Chapter 22: Naval Reserve and Civilian Life
  • Chapter 23: Epilogue

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