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Elco 80'

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 3' 6"

Ship History
Placed into US Navy service on September 9 1942. Initially assigned to Torpedo Boat Division 19, at Thursday Island, along with PT-127, PT-128, PT-129, PT-131, PT-132. Afterwards, proceeded to New Guinea.

Wartime History
On June 26, 1944, PT-130 captained by Lt(jg) Ian D. Malcolm investigated possible targets on Muschu Island, off Wewak along with PT-132. Escorted by aircraft, the boats closed to within 75 yards and observed two barges hidden by netting and camouflage, and made four firing runs on the targets and set fires ashore. Retreating, the boats re-armed and returned the next day escorted by P-39s. This time, they experienced sniper fire from shore and inaccurate 40mm fire from Cape Pus.

During the Battle of Suragao Strait on October 25, 1944, this PT boat suffered a glancing blow from an 8" shell on the forward port torpedo tube, shattered the deck, passed through the bow and shattered the torpedo's warhead.

Later, transferred to Squadron 7 on February 15, 1945. Transferred to Squadron 21 on February 21, 1945.

Captained by M. R. Allen on May 27, 1945 when nine PT-Boats, including PT-130 entered Sandakan Harbor, escorted by RAAF P-40s and PBM Mariners, strafing and firing their torpedoes at targets. Two days later, PT-130 captained by Lt(jg) F. W. Weidmann and PT-144 returned to the same location and made another attack.

Postwar, this boat was stripped and scuttled on October 28, 1945 in the Philippines.

Bob Wallace adds:
"My uncle [Joseph T. Wallace] was a torpedo man and served in the Seventh Fleet on the PT-130."

At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 187, 242, 381-382, 434-435, 458-459
Hudson Valley News "Finding Uncle Joseph 60 Years Later" 4-8-09 b7 Bob Wallace

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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