Posted by: SJS | August 23, 2016

Panama training run in ’43

Panama training run 1943In this excellent photograph from PT Boats, Inc.,  PT 77 of Squadron (Ron) 13 moves smartly through the wake of another boat during maneuvers in Panama Bay in late January, 1943.  The photo shows the crew of PT 77 at battle stations.  In the foreground, a 20 mm gun and crew can be seen.

Among the reasons I love looking at photos like this one is that it gives me some idea of what my father must have seen on a daily basis when he was serving on PT 373 in the South Pacific in the Spring and Summer of 1945.  It’s wonderful to immerse myself in these PT photos and let my imagination fly wide and free,  picturing young Red Stahley and his fellow PT sailors moving over a churning sea.


  1. Being as young as they were too.

  2. Yes!

  3. You are so right. A picture really is worth a thousand words. How nice to imagine your father doing just that.

  4. Thank you very much. I so appreciate your support and kind words. Keep up your excellent work.

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