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John F. Kennedy Leads PT109 Crew to Safety August 2, 1943

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John F. Kennedy Leads PT109 Crew to Safety August 2, 1943

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    During World War II, John F. Kennedy was a Navy officer assigned to a PT boat squadron in the South Pacific. A few hours after midnight on August 2, 1943, he was commanding boat PT109 visit patrolled the waters off the Solomon Islands. Suddenly, a crew member shouted, "Ship at two o'clock!" and, before anyone could take action, a Japanese destroyer crashed into the boat and slicedit in two. A sheet of fire rose from the water as the fuel tanks exploded.

    Seeing the flames, crews of other boats in the squadron were convinced that no one survived the accident. Yet, only two men of the crew of 13 were lost. Kennedy gather the survivors onto a part of the boat that was still afloat, and may huddled there until dawn. Then realizing that the damage craft was sinking, Kennedy and his men decided to swim to an island about 3 miles away. One of the crew was severely injured and unable to swim. A strong swimmer, Kennedy took the disabled man's lifebelt strap in his teeth and towed him to shore.

    For the next few days, Kennedy's search vainly for help. Finally, the courageous, young officer and encountered some friendly natives. Picking up a coconut, he scratched a message on the shell indicating that 11 men were still alive. The natives delivered the message, and Kennedy and his crew were rescued.

    For his heroic conduct, John Kennedy was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal, and, for being wounded in combat, was awarded the purple heart.

    The historic mint stamp on this Panel depicts an anti-aircraft gun. It was issued in 1940 to focus attention on the need for an adequate National Defense. The Panel was postmarked in Jacksonville, Florida on August 2 the exact anniversary of the sinking of PT109.

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