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On August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. The boat's skipper, a lieutenant named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue. On August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. The boat's skipper, a lieutenant named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue.


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On August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. The boat's skipper, a lieutenant named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue. On August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. The boat's skipper, a lieutenant named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue.

30 review for PT 109

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pete daPixie

    First published in 1961, this 40th Anniversary edition comes with a Foreword by Daniel Schorr, a Preface from author Robert J Donovan and Afterword on PT boat history by Duane Hove. I picked this up in a book auction held at a seminar of Dealey Plaza U.K. My knowledge of Kennedy's WWII exploits come from dim memories of the PT109 film that I was taken to see at the cinema too many years ago.....I must have been around ten years old. I can't agree with Ted Kennedy's quote, "To me, it has always bee First published in 1961, this 40th Anniversary edition comes with a Foreword by Daniel Schorr, a Preface from author Robert J Donovan and Afterword on PT boat history by Duane Hove. I picked this up in a book auction held at a seminar of Dealey Plaza U.K. My knowledge of Kennedy's WWII exploits come from dim memories of the PT109 film that I was taken to see at the cinema too many years ago.....I must have been around ten years old. I can't agree with Ted Kennedy's quote, "To me, it has always been one of the great war stories of all time." He would have said that wouldn't he. I must say that this book was very well researched by Bob Donovan. Once read, it is easy to refute the criticism that Jack Kennedy was negligent in allowing his boat to be rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Both vessels were without radar in a pitch dark night and Donovan's interviews with the crew members of both sides confirm the haphazard nature of the incident. What is not in dispute are the heroic actions undertaken by the skipper to save and bring rescue to his crew. The same heroic traits he displayed in 1962 when he saved you and me from nuclear conflagration.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This book was one of many which came out just before and during the Kennedy presidency. I'm pretty sure I read it after the election along with his Profiles in Courage, The Making of the President 1960 and a general biography probably written for the campaign the author of which escapes me right now. I also, naturally, listened to the comedic record, The First Family, and watched Jackie's show about the history of the White House on televison. Heck, I even watched the thing about Robert Frost th This book was one of many which came out just before and during the Kennedy presidency. I'm pretty sure I read it after the election along with his Profiles in Courage, The Making of the President 1960 and a general biography probably written for the campaign the author of which escapes me right now. I also, naturally, listened to the comedic record, The First Family, and watched Jackie's show about the history of the White House on televison. Heck, I even watched the thing about Robert Frost there. Indeed, I was probably more involved in covering the major mass media during his administration than at any time since. I was a naive, true believer. This book, detailing Kennedy's service at a patrol boat skipper, simply confirmed my belief that he was a great man. The story of their sinking and rescue was exciting at the time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kremer

    This older book was written well with insight from the locals long after they realized the impact of who they rescued. I didn't realize the experience President Kennedy had in the military and it was interesting to read of his leadership experience prior to him getting into politics. This older book was written well with insight from the locals long after they realized the impact of who they rescued. I didn't realize the experience President Kennedy had in the military and it was interesting to read of his leadership experience prior to him getting into politics.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John E

    Many, many years ago on the evening I was born, John F. Kennedy was being rescued from a tiny South Pacific island. Twenty years later he is killed in Dallas and my world changed dramatically. The world was no longer innocent, nor was is worth as much. This slim book was well worth re-reading after so many years.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    This book has been in my public library for fifty years. Check it out next time you hear some clod denigrating the courage or moral strength of John F. Kennedy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    A.E. Fuhrman

    The more I learn about John F. Kennedy, the more I realize what a robust life he lived. It's easy to get lost in the veneer of rich boy turned president as seen on historical television clips, but he really was far more than that. To be sure, he had some advantages due to his prestigious father and the family money. But rather than rely on that to get him favors, he worked to become his own person in his own right. In this biographical memoir by Donovan, we get a glimpse into the integrity of Ken The more I learn about John F. Kennedy, the more I realize what a robust life he lived. It's easy to get lost in the veneer of rich boy turned president as seen on historical television clips, but he really was far more than that. To be sure, he had some advantages due to his prestigious father and the family money. But rather than rely on that to get him favors, he worked to become his own person in his own right. In this biographical memoir by Donovan, we get a glimpse into the integrity of Kennedy's leadership during WWII. The incredible events he survived and his dogged determination to save his men netted him not only recognition but a back condition that bothered him for the rest of his life. Still, he pressed on with a fervor to serve his nation that few possess today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Miller

    PT 109 by Robert John Donovan was published as John F. Kennedy was becoming president in early 1961. The author traveled to the South Pacific to the location where the ramming of Kennedy's PT boat (Patrol Torpedo) by a Japanese warship split his ship in two and started the whole ordeal of life and death for Lieutenant Kennedy and his crew. Donovan was able to interview the islanders and crew members still alive at the time of his research. I have had decades to read this book or see the movie but PT 109 by Robert John Donovan was published as John F. Kennedy was becoming president in early 1961. The author traveled to the South Pacific to the location where the ramming of Kennedy's PT boat (Patrol Torpedo) by a Japanese warship split his ship in two and started the whole ordeal of life and death for Lieutenant Kennedy and his crew. Donovan was able to interview the islanders and crew members still alive at the time of his research. I have had decades to read this book or see the movie but never did until now. I knew President Kennedy had been a hero in the war, but I never knew before the lengths he went to to save the men who served under him. Highly recommended reading!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    This is the story of John F. Kennedy in WWII. PT stands for patrol torpedo boat. There would be a second PT boat after the 109, but this is the one that is better known. In the 109, the crew faces disaster as they are struck and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Remarkably, only two of the crew are killed in this accident. Next will come survival and rescue, avoiding capture by the Japanese. I read the 40th Anniversary edition, which contains new material at front and back. It is a very easy read. I This is the story of John F. Kennedy in WWII. PT stands for patrol torpedo boat. There would be a second PT boat after the 109, but this is the one that is better known. In the 109, the crew faces disaster as they are struck and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Remarkably, only two of the crew are killed in this accident. Next will come survival and rescue, avoiding capture by the Japanese. I read the 40th Anniversary edition, which contains new material at front and back. It is a very easy read. I also read the original edition years earlier.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    In the darkness of August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in the sea. Over the next three days, the boat's skipper, a lieutenant from Boston named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue. A heroic tale that is compelling in how it will later effect history In the darkness of August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in the sea. Over the next three days, the boat's skipper, a lieutenant from Boston named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue. A heroic tale that is compelling in how it will later effect history

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I have vivid memories of that November day in 1963 when a classmate burst into the high school library to announce that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. Since then, I have read numerous accounts of both the Kennedy presidency and assassination; but WHY did I wait over 50 years to read this? (I have no logical explanation.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    Story of John F. Kennedy's experiences on PT boats in the navy during World War II. Includes the sinking of PT 109 by a Japanese destroyer and Kennedy's subsequent rescue of his crew. Story of John F. Kennedy's experiences on PT boats in the navy during World War II. Includes the sinking of PT 109 by a Japanese destroyer and Kennedy's subsequent rescue of his crew.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Furqan Nazeeri

    Hard to imagine what Kennedy and his fellow soldiers went through during WWII. A different time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    If this is the original book that was released about the PT-109 incident then I read this when I was in much younger. John Kennedy impressed me at a early age of his feats and struggles through his short life. Along with the PT-109 I read Profiles in Courage. Then in my last years of high school I had the chance to talk to a actual naval veteran that was operating in the part of the Pacific at the time of Kennedy's exploits. The reason that I had this opportunity was that I was the Company Comma If this is the original book that was released about the PT-109 incident then I read this when I was in much younger. John Kennedy impressed me at a early age of his feats and struggles through his short life. Along with the PT-109 I read Profiles in Courage. Then in my last years of high school I had the chance to talk to a actual naval veteran that was operating in the part of the Pacific at the time of Kennedy's exploits. The reason that I had this opportunity was that I was the Company Commander of my NJROTC unit and one of my teachers was that veteran. In our after school conversation he relayed to me that when the PT incident happened the scuttlebutt was that LTJG Kennedy was originally going to be court-martialed. In short Kennedy was operating his vessel outside of his patrol area, thats why it took so long to find the survivors, and that he was resposible for the loss of life and vessel. Some further investigating in later years somewhat verified what my teacher said. He saved the rest of his men and acted above the call of duty but when it comes right down to it he was treated differently then other naval officers who had unfortunate incidents. It is nice to have relatives in high places.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Greg Clapp

    This was a good read, in spite of being fairly dry wartime historical non-fiction...which I usually try to avoid. It's the story of JFK's service in the Solomon Islands as a Navy lieutenant during World War II. It provides a vivid glimpse into the lives of the PT crews during that war and reveals the bravery and leadership qualities Kennedy displayed at a very early age. It's dry but worth plowing through to get to the real meat of the story: PT-109's crash, the marooning of the crew, and their This was a good read, in spite of being fairly dry wartime historical non-fiction...which I usually try to avoid. It's the story of JFK's service in the Solomon Islands as a Navy lieutenant during World War II. It provides a vivid glimpse into the lives of the PT crews during that war and reveals the bravery and leadership qualities Kennedy displayed at a very early age. It's dry but worth plowing through to get to the real meat of the story: PT-109's crash, the marooning of the crew, and their eventual rescue. The narrative seems like a well-balanced and thorough recreation of events, though it certainly portrays Kennedy in a positive light and was published during his presidency. I enjoyed it in the way I enjoyed *Endurance*, the story of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica, shipwreck and eventual survival. True stories of human bravery and valor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I absoultely loved this book! It gives great insight into the wartime doings and heroism of Jack Kennedy and his crew of PT 109. This particualr version also comes with 2 forwards and an afterward that gives great insight into his other PT boat and his role there in saving 80 some marines from certain death. The book is obviously written in a positive light and looks at Kennedy as a hero, as he should well be remembered as such. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about WWII I absoultely loved this book! It gives great insight into the wartime doings and heroism of Jack Kennedy and his crew of PT 109. This particualr version also comes with 2 forwards and an afterward that gives great insight into his other PT boat and his role there in saving 80 some marines from certain death. The book is obviously written in a positive light and looks at Kennedy as a hero, as he should well be remembered as such. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about WWII History because the PT boats are really an interesting part of the Pacific that is overlooked. Plus the information on Kennedy and his crew is invaluable in evaluating Jack Kennedy and his rise to power.

  16. 5 out of 5

    William French

    This is an engrossing book even though it was written with Kennedy looking over the author's shoulder. It is a favorable portrayal yet one gets the sense of Kennedy's detachment from those around him, a point made by Norman Mailer in his celebrated Esquire article about him after the 1960 Democratic convention. Did anyone ever really know this man? It may be, as Mailer suggests, that Kennedy was a mystery even to himself. This is an engrossing book even though it was written with Kennedy looking over the author's shoulder. It is a favorable portrayal yet one gets the sense of Kennedy's detachment from those around him, a point made by Norman Mailer in his celebrated Esquire article about him after the 1960 Democratic convention. Did anyone ever really know this man? It may be, as Mailer suggests, that Kennedy was a mystery even to himself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Atkins

    This was a decent book, especially considering the context in which Donovan wrote. It was published in 1961 while JFK was president. Donovan's style is not very smooth and he gets carried away at times without completely identifying all the places, men, and situations. Still, this is a great account of JFK's remarkable experience in WWII and clearly shows his heroic actions after PT 109 collided with the Japanese destroyer. This was a decent book, especially considering the context in which Donovan wrote. It was published in 1961 while JFK was president. Donovan's style is not very smooth and he gets carried away at times without completely identifying all the places, men, and situations. Still, this is a great account of JFK's remarkable experience in WWII and clearly shows his heroic actions after PT 109 collided with the Japanese destroyer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim Kelsh

    It was fun to revisit this story from the past. As a child of the 50s and 60s...I'm pretty familiar with Lt jg John Kennedy's exploits in the South Pacific commanding PT 109. This is the original book and it still is a compelling read. It even continues with Kennedy's command of PT 59. The story still impresses and still makes me ask...where did we find such men as these! 4 Jimmys out of 5 It was fun to revisit this story from the past. As a child of the 50s and 60s...I'm pretty familiar with Lt jg John Kennedy's exploits in the South Pacific commanding PT 109. This is the original book and it still is a compelling read. It even continues with Kennedy's command of PT 59. The story still impresses and still makes me ask...where did we find such men as these! 4 Jimmys out of 5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was one of the first books I read about John F Kennedy. I love this book and that it wasn't fiction. He was a great man with great flaws in life but he was also a hero to many men. I think everyone should read this book at lest one to get a butter understand of John F Kennedy. This was one of the first books I read about John F Kennedy. I love this book and that it wasn't fiction. He was a great man with great flaws in life but he was also a hero to many men. I think everyone should read this book at lest one to get a butter understand of John F Kennedy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    This is a very moving true story of our men in action. I remember seeing the movie on TV - I must have been eight years old. This is essential American History - and an example of a real leader, on a completely different level from what we have now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Although a touch dry, this book was an interesting study of the valorous acts of Pres. Kennedy, the officer in command of PT 109 after it was destroyed by a collision with a Japanese ship in the Pacific during WWII.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bob Conner

    Man! What a story. I read this twice and have seen the film, watched many documentaries of John Kennedy's heroic adventure. It's not too often you get a story of an actual event that reads like an incredible fiction novel, but this is one of them. You'll be very sad when the end shows up. Man! What a story. I read this twice and have seen the film, watched many documentaries of John Kennedy's heroic adventure. It's not too often you get a story of an actual event that reads like an incredible fiction novel, but this is one of them. You'll be very sad when the end shows up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    I read this book while in Jr. High. It gives an endearing look into the backbone and making of a future President. A brief yet fascinating look into the short life of John F. Kennedy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    this was a very interesting and informative

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    During World War II, John F. Kennedy commanded PT-109 in the Pacific. When his boat was sunk, he is credited with saving crew members.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jarrod

    Wow. So dry. However with that being said, it brings a crazy spin on the president. The president was a pretty hardcore guy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim Petersik

    Heroism and bravery-in-war in a man who would become president. Very inspirational.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

    I loved this book - 40th anniversary edition and I had not read since I was in High School. Great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    James

    You have to read this with an open mind, uncluttered by the modern interpretation of Kennedy's history. This was real, these men existed and it happened. You have to read this with an open mind, uncluttered by the modern interpretation of Kennedy's history. This was real, these men existed and it happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Craig Evans

    As an example of historical importance, top-notch. From an aspect of gripping dialogue or journalism, meh.

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