Posted by: SJS | February 6, 2021

Deck star emblem

The deck of PT 513 with the star emblem

PT 513 pulls up to a PT tender with crew members guiding her in. This photo portrays the large star emblem across her bow deck. From the air, the distinctive marking immediately identified the craft as an American vessel. The emblem provided clear evidence–to friend and foe alike–that the boat was a part of the Allied naval forces.

Every reference to the work of the PT tenders reminds me of Red Stahley’s deep respect and affection for the crews of those ships that played such a vital role in keeping the PTs in good repair and excellent fighting trim.

“We loved those boys on the tenders,” he stated more than once. “They took all the risks that we did and kept us shipshape all the time.” And that was high praise, indeed.


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