Some time ago my brother found my grandfather's
journal from WWII. It detailed several months of duty in the south pacific
on board the PT-171. The PTs were small, all wood, incredibly fast ships
designed to harass the Japanese navy. The men who served on these ships were braver than I
could ever imagine.
Reading a Naval-journal is usually dull, its full of
navy terms, and reduces a three hour blazing battle into one sentence.
To understand what I was reading, I searched the web for phrases and started
to find pictures, and stories related to what I was reading. I started
collecting these pictures and then organized them into a website so that
you too can see the incredible bravery, the mindless dullness of being at
sea, and the fury of the war.
The site is arranged as one web page per journal
day. Each page has the journal on the left, and linked photo topics
to the right. Journal lines are color coded to the time of day, its amazing how much action happened at night, and most frequently on a new moon.
SECRET War Reports w/ PT-171 (Thanks to Steve Thuhy!)
SECRET War Reports (Set 2)
SECRET War Reports (Set 3)
Interview of PT-171 Crew Member: William Gill
Dinah Might Rocks The World
PT-171 In The News (thanks Will Day)