Posted by: SJS | July 3, 2018

Happy July 4th!

As we celebrate the birthday of our nation, it’s always a good time to remember the valiant service of those who wore the uniform of the United States Armed Forces and put their lives on the line to protect all that we hold dear as Americans.  The young men and women who stepped forward to confront the forces of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in WWII will always be celebrated for their remarkable courage and spirit of sacrifice.  As the proud son of a sailor who fought bravely against both the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese forces in 1944 and 1945, July 4th is a day that fills me with gratitude, reverence, and awe for all that Red Stahley did to preserve this nation for his children and all Americans.

This iconic photo of two PTs captures the elegance and grace of these remarkable boats.  My father relished those moments when PT 373 went full throttle and lifted her bow proudly as she cut through the dangerous waters of the South Pacific.  From the way he would describe those days, it was clear that Red knew he was part of a team that was fully a match for any adversary they might engage with whether on the water, in the air, under the water or on shore.  It was the confidence of the PT crews and it was a force to be reckoned with in every encounter.

Have a happy and safe holiday and always remember those who made it possible for us to continue our celebration of this amazing day.



  1. What a remarkable photo.

    • Dudley, I agree! Thanks, Steve

  2. Thank you for this post. And, thank you Red. Never forget.

    • Jennie, I appreciate your continued support and I thoroughly enjoy following your blog. Keep the great photos coming. Steve

      • You are very welcome, Steve. And thank you for your kind words.

  3. I’m sure they were brave but I remember that story you posted from your father about arriving and the night previous a whole bunch of crews had been wiped out. Lest we forget. Yes they were formidable but sometimes they didn’t come back no matter how good they were. More is the pity. They were very brave and good men.

  4. You make an excellent point. Thanks for this excellent observation. I really appreciate your input, Lloyd.

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