Posted by: SJS | August 6, 2020

All hands on deck

PT 552 throttles up

PT 552 hits full throttle and executes a smooth starboard turn.  The crew, in helmets and at battle stations, are on their way to engage the enemy.

Photos like this always cause me to take a deep breath as I realize that my father frequently found himself moving across the ocean on PT 373, heading into harm’s way with every crewmember getting themselves prepared for what lay ahead.

This photo is from the extensive collection of Frank Andruss who has generously shared the photos with the wider PT community.  Few people have done more to preserve and promote the legacy of the Navy’s WWII PT boats than Frank and I am deeply grateful for all his hard work.

I’ve acquired several of Frank’s books and they are excellent–I highly recommend them.


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