Posted by: SJS | June 6, 2022

PT 199 on D-Day – a daring rescue off Utah Beach

Survivors arriving at the USS Fitch on June 6th 1944

My deepest thanks to fellow PT Splinter, David M. Laz for the photograph and post he shared about the amazing feat pulled off by Lt. Bill Liebenow and his crew on PT 199 on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Sixty crewmembers of the USS Corry were hauled out of the water off Utah Beach and delivered safely to the destroyer, USS Fitch by the crew of PT 199.

Less than a year before the Normandy invasion, Lt. Liebenow, then assigned to the South Pacific in August of 1943, and his crew rescued Lt. John F. Kennedy and the survivors of PT 109 who had been stranded on a tiny island after their boat was sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer.

When it came to daring rescues under enormously harrowing conditions, the PT crews were second to none. The heroic work of the PTs both before and during the Normandy invasion were among the proudest moments in the distinguished legacy of the Mosquito Fleet.

As we remember the importance of this day, we honor all those Allied veterans whose courage, daring, and skill came together to gain a precious foothold on the Western European front and continued the hard, hard work of dismantling the war machine of Nazi Germany.

Again, my thanks to David Laz for enlightening me on the amazing legacy of Lt. Bill Liebenow and his personal contributions to the history of the Navy’s PT Boats in WWII.


Responses

  1. This was incredibly inspirational in terms of what a small crew accomplished that helped change history.

  2. Dudley, I agree. The more I learn about the layers of heroism in D-Day, the more awe I feel for the service of those veterans. Thanks! Steve


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