Posted by: SJS | August 7, 2015

On patrol in troubled waters

In another of the amazing photographs of Squadron (Ron) 5 sent to me by Bob Gosnell, two unnamed sailors on one of the PT boats of Squadron (Ron) 5 warily survey their surroundings in the dangerous waters near New Guinea in 1943.  Both the skipper and enlisted sailor wear facial expressions that convey intensity and readiness.  They are shirtless but deadly serious as the day turns to dusk and their PT boat moves out on patrol.  Photos like this one are among the very best at presenting the day-in-the-life aspect of the PT crews of the South Pacific.

New Guinea 1943 on patrol

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