Posted by: SJS | November 11, 2011

Thank you Vets!

      On this Veterans Day holiday we honor all those men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces as well as those who are currently serving our nation in the military.  We thank them for their service and for the many sacrifices they’ve made on behalf of all Americans.

Tom &  Red 1945

Tom Saffles and Red Stahley 1945

      In my ongoing research into my father’s service in the US Navy during WWII I’ve had the great privilege of making contact with other PT sailors who served with him in the Mediterranean and the South Pacific.  What an honor it has been to become acquainted with men like Tom Saffles, Belton Copp, and Franny Hart as well as the members of their families. 

     These veterans served our country with great distinction and courage.  They have also helped me to learn things about my father, Red Stahley, that I would never have known otherwise.  To say that I feel fortunate and blessed and thrilled to know these fine men may just be the understatement of the year.  Through their generosity and kindness, the story of my father’s PT boat career has been richly expanded and given new texture and depth.

      On this special holiday, may all our veterans know of the great esteem, respect, and admiration that we have for them.   May they know that our gratitude to them only grows stronger with each passing year.   May God bless them and their families this day and always.


  1. 11-11-11 Veterans Day.
    Thank you for your thoughtful post.
    I’m wondering if there is a repository of photos that might include my father, Belton Copp. Perhaps if we cast a broad enough net, we can get one of the entire boat.

    Best, B. Allyn Copp

    • Allyn,
      I very much appreciate your kind words and continued support. PT Boats, Inc. in Tennessee is the repository that your inquired about. On a brief visit there last year with my sister, we found a wealth of photos, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the PT boats. It’s a great place to go and lose oneself in the legacy of the Mosquito Fleet.

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