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PT-130



Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Charlie

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 May 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 22 August 1942
  • Completed 7 September 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SEVEN (PTRon 7) which was under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm, USN
  • PTRon 7, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, Dreger Harbor, and Aitape, and in Philippine waters at San Pedro Bay and at Ormoc. The squadron based for a time at
    Kana Kopa, New Guinea; Thursday Island, Australia; Ferusson Island, d'Entrecasteaux Group; and Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, but had no action at these bases. PT's 127-132 were on detached duty at Thursday
    Island from June to August 1943 as Motor Torpedo Boat Division 19, under command of Lt. Comdr. Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR. PTRon 7 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action in the New Guinea area
    from April 1, 1944, to February 1, 1945
  • During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on the night of 24 - 25 October 1944, PT-130 was hit by 4.7" gunfire from the Japanese destroyer Shigure but passed through her without detonating. In another stroke of luck one of the hits tore
    a huge chunk out of the one of her torpedo warheads without causing it to detonate
  • Transferred 15 February 1945 to PTRon 8 which was under the command of Lt. Robert A. Williamson, USNR
  • PTRon 8, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, and Aitape; at Rein Bay and Talasea on New Britain, and in Philippine waters at Mindoro, Zamboanga, and Tawi Tawi.
    The squadron based for a time at Kana Kopa, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea , and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action at these bases
  • The "Raven", ex-"New Guinea Krud" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 28 October 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-130 291k Japanese prisoners of war on an unidentified PT boat with PT-188 and PT-130 in the background
    Courtesy of Alvin Hanson
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-130 99k Crew photo
    PT-130 98k .
    PT-130 120k From the collection of LTJG William Skade, commanding PT-143
    PT-130 116k
    PT-130 222k MM2 Dean Franklin Younger, second from left (standing). The little boy in photo was their boats “mascot”. That when the boat was in port, he would do odd jobs for them and they in turn would feed him
    From the collection of MM2 Dean Franklin Younger
    Clifford Dean Younger, Sr.
    PT-130 202k MM2 Dean Franklin Younger, third from left (standing)
    From the collection of MM2 Dean Franklin Younger
    PT-130 219k "Thinking Cap" of PT boats, this "radome" bulb houses the antenna of the radar set aboard the vessel. Invaluable to hard-hitting PTs because of their habitual tendency to operate under the cover of night, radar's electronic eye pierces the darkness indicating targets, warning of navigational dangers
    National Archives photo 80-G-326749
    Tracy White

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-130
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