SEARCHING 4 JFK 109 CREW
PT-109 was sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer
on August 1-2, 1943;
two crewmen were killed,
11 survivors were rescued
on August 8, 1943.
To Orwell Today,
I'm doing research on the fate of the surviving PT 109 crewmen. I've got some information on the life and death of Kennedy, Thom, Ross, Albert, Harris, Maguire, and McMahon. However, there seems to be little information on the other PT 109 crewmembers.
Do you have any information on the post WW 2 life and death of William Johnston, Maurice Kowal, Edgar Mauer, and Raymond Starkey? I can't seem to find information on them or find their obituaries anywhere.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
So far, the only info I have on JFK's PT-109 (and PT-59) crew members is what's already on ORWELL TODAY (and which I assume you've already read).
For future reference, in case they update their info, you could check the Maritime Quest website which has links (with a bit of biographical info) on three of the four crewmen you're searching for:
William Johnston, born Dumbarton, Scotland moved to the USA when he was two. His family settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was thirty three when he joined the crew. After the collision he swallowed a large amount of gasoline and passed out due to that and the fumes. He remained violently ill for several days after the sinking. After his rescue he was found to be unfit for further service and was discharged.
Edgar E. Mauer, from St. Louis, Missouri was twenty eight when he joined the crew. He had been on the USS Niagara AGP-1 when it was sunk by a Japanese air attack on May 22, 1943. On the PT-109 he would be quartermaster, cook and signalman. He would also join Kennedy, Maguire, Drewitch, Kowal and Drawdy on the PT-59.
Raymond L. Starkey, from Garden Grove, California was twenty nine when he joined the crew of the PT-109. He came aboard to replace Edmund Drewitch, who had been injured earlier on the Pt-109.
The ranks and positions of the USS PT-109 FINAL CREW is also posted there:
Lt. jg. John F. Kennedy Commanding Officer
Ensign Leonard J. Thom Executive Officer
Ensign George H. R. Ross Lookout/gunner
S1C Edgar E. Mauer Quartermaster/cook/signalman
RM2C John E. Maguire Radioman
S1C Raymond Albert Gunner
GM2C Charles A. Harris Gunner
MOMM1C Gerald E. Zinser Motor mechanic
MOMM1C Patrick H. McMahon Motor mechanic
MOMM2C Harold W. Marney Gunner
MOMM2C William Johnston Gunner
TM2C Raymond L. Starkey Torpedoman
TM2C Andrew J. Kirksey Torpedoman
It would be interesting to hear the results of your research into the post-war lives of JFK's PT-109 crew members. Perhaps it would inspire others to write in with info they may have.
All the best,
To Orwell Today,
Thank you for your encouraging reponse. I'll keep you posted with whatever information I turn up.
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