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PT-132



Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Uncle

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 6 June 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 August 1942
  • Completed 11 September 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SEVEN (MTBRon 7) under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm
  • MTBRon 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. MTBRon 7 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action in the New Guinea area from April 1, 1944, to February 1, 1945
  • Transferred 15 February 1945 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY ONE under the command of Lt. Carl T. Gleason
  • MTBRon 21, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at San Pedro Bay and Subic Bay in the
    Philippines. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and at Samar and Basilan Island in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Little Lulu", ex-"Sea Bat" was placed out of service 10 November 1945, stripped and destroyed 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, one 81mm mortar, two rocket launchers and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-132 32k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-132 141k Dumont Alton Souleyret, S1/c
    From the collection of Dumont Alton Souleyret
    Tom Cabelus
    PT-132 68k From the collection of Dumont Alton Souleyret
    PT-132 119k
    PT-132 162k
    PT-132 249k c. September/October 1943
    Finschhafen, New Guinea
    Crew of PT-132: (Left to Right) Albert La Bore, Tower City, Pennsylvania - Gunners Mate; F. Thomason, Los Angeles, California - Quartermaster; C.D. Cripps, Cedar City, Utah - Radioman; Harvey H. Dhonau, Cincinnati, Ohio - Quartermaster; John Fry, New York City, New York - Motor Machinist Mate; H.P. Hurlock, Houston, Texas - Motor Machinist Mate; O.D. Starkey, Houston, Texas - Cook; R.L. Manning, Arkansas - Torpedoman; Lt. Francis H. McAdoo, 333 E. 57th St, New York City - Skipper; Wilbur Smith, Rudolph, Ohio - Motor Machinist Mate
    Photo from the David A. Dhonau Collection, Catalog UA 486.13
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 3 February 2021

    Boat Captains
    01ENS F. Gardner Cox, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Navy Commendation RibbonMarch 1943
    02LTJG Francisco H. McAdoo, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1943)September 1943
    03LTJG Julius O. Aschenbach, USNR - Awarded the Navy Cross (1944)April 1944
    04ENS Paul H. Jones, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1944)June 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-132
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