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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - King - Roger - Sugar

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 January 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 8 April 1943
  • Completed 27 April 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY ONE (MTBRon 21)under the command of Comdr. Selman S. Bowling
  • MTBRon 21 was 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. MTBRon 21 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October 1943 to March 1944
  • The "Ramblin' Wrecker", ex-"Poochie", ex-"Coochie", ex-"The Wolf", ex-"Ali Baba" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 10 November 1945 by U.S. Forces at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, 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-331 50k Leyte, Philippines Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Bernard A. Crimmins, USNR - Awarded the Silver StarMarch 1944
    02LTJG Kermit W. Montz, USNR - Awarded two Bronze StarsJune 1944
    03LTJG William P. West, USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarNovember 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-331
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