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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

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Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Dog - Baker

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 October 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 14 November 1942
  • Completed 17 April 1943
  • Placed in service 22 April 1943 with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINETEEN (MTBRon 19) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith
  • MTBRon 19, assigned to South Pacific, had action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, and Green. The squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered
    operational losses
  • Transferred 19 April 1944 to MTBRon 20 under the command of Lt. Arthur H. Berndtson
  • MTBRon 20, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Bougainville. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in December 1944, the squadron saw action off Palawan, P.I. It also based for a
    time at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and at San Pedro Bay and Mindoro in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • Transferred 10 February 1945 to MTBRon 16 under the command of Lt. Robert J. Wehrli, USNR
  • MTBRon 16 was assigned to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I.; and Brunei Bay, Borneo. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New
    Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • The "Rebel" was destroyed by U.S. Forces 26 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-235 45k
    PT-235 104k The 40mm gun crew Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-235 125k Engineroom hatch open
    PT-235 156k Page from MTBRon 19 History Book
    PT-235 344k Crew photo Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-235 71k Dennis Buchanan
    PT-235 48k Mios Woendi, New Guinea
    Moored on other side of pier from PT-240
    PT-235 59k In dry dock
    PT-235 503k 19 January 1945
    Mios Woendi Island, near Biak, New Guinea
    TM3c E. H. Buchanan (Virginia) tall guy in the back, fourth from the left
    PT-235 334k 19 January 1945
    Mios Woendi Island, near Biak, New Guinea
    TM3c E. H. Buchanan, in the center (Virginia) at the helm of PT-235
    PT-235 147k c. February 1945
    Crew photo
    Back row, left to right: Lt. (jg) J. W. Jeffrey (Texas), Ens. A. Fleischer (Pennsylvania), C. H. Lloyd RM 3/c (Massachusetts), W. L. May F 1/C (Ohio), E. P. Lucas MoMM 1/C (Indiana), F. L. Bloss F 1/C (Maryland), A. Pagano S 1/C (New York), Edwin Henry Buchanan (1926 -2016) TM 3/C (Virginia), G. M. Mertz GM 3/C (Pennsylvania), J. B. Tatko
    F 1/C (Pennsylvania), Ens. E. C. Nielsen (Massachusetts)
    Front Row, left to right: F. M. Kahlhamer SC 2/C (Wisconsin), R. F. Marsh S 1/C (Wisconsin), C. E. Nelson S 1/C (Kansas), L. Ellis QM 2/C (Rhode Island), C. J. Bourgeous S 1/C (Louisiana), E. R. Schwartz S 1/C (New York)
    PT-235 113k c. 1945
    Samar, Philippines
    Burning the hulls

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-235
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