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  PT-130
USN
PT-Boat
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.

On February 15, 1945 transfered to Squadron 7. On February 21, 1945 transferred to Squadron 21 in the Philippines and survived the Pacific War.

On May 27, 1945 under the command of captain M. R. Allen was one of nine PT Boats that entered Sandakan Harbor off Borneo and strafed and fired their torpedoes. Overhead, escorted by RAAF Kittyhawks and PBM Mariners. Two days later, PT-130 under the command of Lt(jg) F. W. Weidmann and PT-144 returned to the same location and made another attack.

On October 28, 1945 placed out of service, stripped and sunk off Samar.

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

References
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 25, 2020

 

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