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PT-323



Call sign:
Nan - King - Roger - Nan

Destroyed 10 December 1944

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 8 January 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 17 March 1943
  • Completed 6 April 1943
  • Placed in service 8 April 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY ONE (PTRon 21) under the command of Comdr. Selman S. Bowling
  • Passed through Panama Canal 26 July 1943
  • PTRon 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. PTRon 21 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October
    1943 to March 1944
  • "Calamity Jane", ex-"SNAFU", ex-"Jinx" was destroyed by a Japanese Kamikaze 10 December 1944 in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" Torpedoes, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-323 115k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-323 325k Motor Machinist Mate Sanders, left side, foreground
    PT-323 285k Crew photo Tom Sanders
    PT-323 173k . Tom Sanders
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    PT-323 739k Crew listing Tom Sanders
    PT-323 122k Japanese prisoners
    PT-323 255k . Tom Sanders
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    PT-323 70k
    PT-323 121k
    PT-323 46k
    PT-323 301k
    PT-323 21k
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    PT-323 287k PT boat speedometer Tom Sanders
    PT-323 311k . Tom Sanders
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    PT-323 463k 22 June 1944
    Motor Machinist Mate Sanders, standing in the center of the doorway with Lieut. Emery Marcus Newton, Jr., USNR on his right
    PT-323 224k Lieut. Emery Marcus Newton, Jr., USNR
    Commissioned 19 October 1942, Seperated from service 8 February 1946
    He made 37 combat patrols between December 1943 and July 1944
    Kathleen (Newton) Derrick
    PT-323 84k c. April 1943
    Crew photo
    Top row, Left to right: Breitenbeck MoMM2/c, Myers R3/c, Bean TM3/c, Lange F1/c and Chiasson QM3/c
    Bottom row: Ensign Hall (Skipper), Wetzel GM3/c, Nawrocgi S1/c and Leonard MoMM3/c
    Tom Sanders
    PT-323 146k 10 December 1944 Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-323 199k Tom Sanders
    PT-323 165k 10 December 1944
    Underway in company with PT-327 at Leyte Gulf for patrol station when four Japanese planes attacked them. As PT-327 turned one way, PT-323 turned the other way. One plane crashed into PT-323 amidships, damaging the boat beyond repair. LTJG Herbert Stadler, the boat captain, was killed; ENS William I. Adelman, the second officer, was missing; 11 men were wounded.
    PT-327, under the command of LT Ken Sharpe, picked up the survivors
    U.S. Navy photo NR&L (Mod) 32520
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    PT-323 314k 18 December 1943
    Action Report
    Tom Sanders

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-323
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