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These drawings were drawn by Emerson Cole while on duty with PT-171. He has donated them to the PT Museum in Fall River, MA.

Earlier this year (2005), I went to the Phillipines, and saw for myself a nearly exact scene - 60+ years later. The same kind of boats are used more commonly than autos!



I don't know who drew this image, it was in the collection, but it was drawn just after the invasion of Balikpapan. Notice the RON-10 insignia at the lower right.


The back of this drawing has the note "Invasion of Balikpapan 1 July 1945", and the front has the autograph with a date of "11-15-45" (assuming he drew this some months afterwards)


Note on back says "Invasion of Balikpapan", and the autograph is dated "7-15-1945".


This drawing shows the crew taking a moment to relax while on station in the Phillipines. Its dated "11-Nov-45".


It takes a moment to understand the perspective, but the drawing is the harbor of Samar (Phillipines) from the fore-deck of the PT boat. Along the top edge of drawing is a temporary canvas that the crews would setup for sun-shade


A drawing from a different collection at Battleship Cove. As a software consultant, I got a good chuckle at the Elco tech guy hanging on the radar mast. Seems like consultants have been getting the same rap for decades.

Please understand the photo's are from other sites, and may not directly represent the journal entry - they are included to tell a story.
A deep thanks to http://www.ptboats.org, http://www.petertare.org/ and http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/pt/.
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