Posted by: SJS | October 9, 2014

JFK in 1944

JFK USN 1944

A rarely seen photograph of John F. Kennedy in 1944 pictures the young Navy lieutenant holding and studying the coconut which he had inscribed with the words that led to the rescue of his PT 109 crew in the Solomon Islands in August, 1943.  The photo is from the collection at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.

Although Kennedy was, at this point, a seasoned Navy veteran who had survived a harrowing shipwreck, starvation, and utter physical exhaustion, the photo reveals the youthful vitality and emotional intensity that would characterize him over the rest of his life. As a naval officer, a politician, and ultimately a president, Kennedy brought a sense of urgent energy to everything he did.

As we remember the recent passing of one of his rescuers in the Solomon Islands, we are reminded of that Kennedy vigor which led to the rescue of his crew and then went on to transform the political history of our nation.

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