Posted by: SJS | October 19, 2014

Thanks Eroni Kumana & Biuku Gasa!

Max Kennedy & EK

As we move on to other PT topics, I want to devote a final blog post to Eroni Kumana and his fellow Solomon Islander, Biuku Gasa. They have both now passed on, Eroni this summer and Biuku in 2005. Their rescue of the crew of PT 109 in August of 1943 was an event that holds special significance for the sons and daughters and grandchildren of all the courageous men who served on the PT boats, bases, and tenders in WWII.

In this photo, Eroni is embraced by Max Kennedy, a nephew of JFK in 2002. The shirt that Ernoi is wearing says it all. The world is a vastly different place than it might have been were it not for the intrepid actions of two young scouts who risked their young lives to rescue a small crew of young Americans who were stranded, starving, and near death.

May Eroni and Biuku rest in peace.

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