PT-109: JFK in World War II



1943: Japanese sink Kennedy’s PT-109 in the South Pacific (map), triggering a heroic survival struggle … 2002: Explorer Robert Ballard finds the wreck … The story continues below …
News: JFK's Island Rescuers Honored at Emotional Reunion

NEWS: JFK's Island
Rescuers Honored at
Emotional Reunion

In World War II, two South Pacific islanders saved the future President. Sixty years later, the unsung heroes were reunited—with each other and with a grateful Kennedy family.

Related News: JFK's PT-109 Found (July 2002)

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Find out what happened—the PT-109 wreck and JFK's weeklong survival struggle.
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Behind the New Geographic Article: Photos, Field Notes, More
Behind the New Geographic Article: Photos, Field Notes, More

 
 
 

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JFK and PT-109 in World War II
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The Search for the Wreck
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Where Are They Now?
JFK's Island Rescuers
 

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