Lt. John F. Kennedy's PT-59, photographed in an unspecified location near Vella Lavella and Choiseul, played a key role in the diversionary mission at Choiseul Island in early November 1943. (John F. Kennedy Library)
8/2/1943 The Sinking of PT-109 While on patrol in the Pacific during WWII, USS PT-109 was run down by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The much smaller American boat was torn apart by the impact, and two seamen perished. The surviving crew, commanded by future US President John F. Kennedy, swam to safety on a nearby island and survived on coconuts for days before Solomon Islanders scouting the area found them. Kennedy's actions made him a war hero
Joe had already completed 2 years of service and flown 25 combat missions and was eligible to leave and go home. Instead he stayed and chose to fly Operation Aphrodite. Bad idea, because his plane was shot down over East Suffolk, England. He died at the premature age of 29.