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PT-349



Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Baker - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 23 March 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 1 June 1943
  • Completed 17 June 1943
  • Placed in service 18 June 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY FIVE (PTRon 25) under the command of LT Daniel S. Bauchman, Jr., USN
  • PTRon 25, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Mios Woendi, and Amsterdam Island in New Guinea; Rein Bay and Talasea in New Britain; Mindoro and Ormoc in the Philippines; and Morotai in the
    Halmaheras. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Guinea Gal", ex-"Bee Bee" was placed out of service 9 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, 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-349 177k Returning to dock
    Courtesy of Alvin Hanson
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-349 345k Isabela Provence, Philippines
    From the collection of Ens. Robert Hostetter
    PT-349 225k LTJG John (Jack) K. Coolidge in the cockpit
    Arrow points to a repaired shell hole
    Mau VanDuren
    PT-349 519k Newspaper article
    PT-349 342k Silver Star citation awarded to LTJG John K. Coolidge, Jr., USNR
    PT-349 267k
    PT-349 163k Frank Poli (inset) crew member 1943 - 1945
    From the collection of Frank Poli
    Joseph Tricarico

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