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by Kenneth W. Prescott
Merriam Press 2011
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|A PT Skipper in the South Pacific
A Naval Officer's Memoir of Service on PTs ans a PT Boat Tender
This book details training at Melville, Rhode Island then his assignment to several PT Boats in the South Pacific including Executive Officer (XO) and Commanding Officer (CO) of PT-61 and later as Commanding Officer (CO) of PT-48 operating from Tulagi PT Boat Base.
In the Solomon Islands, he describes his interactions with Lt(jg) John F. Kennedy, future U. S. President who commanded several PT Boats including PT-109. Moving northward up the Solomons, Prescott operated from Torokina PT Boat Base off Bougainville and later Emirau Island. During idol time overseas, Prescott engaged in his hobby of bird collecting and taxidermy!
Afterwards, he returned to the United States then was assigned as XO aboard USS Jamestown (PG-55) a PT Boat tender that operated in the Philippines. The book also covers his post-war career in the U. S. Navy before retiring with the rank of Captain.
Review by Justin Taylan
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