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John F. Kennedy is hero on PT 109...

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August 20, 1943

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 20, 1943  The front page has a two column, two line head: "Kennedy's Son Is Hero in Pacific As Destroyer Splits His PT Boat" with the report carrying over to page 5 where is found a photo of "Lieutenant John F. Kennedy", who was 26 years old at the time.
This incident reports the now-famous sinking of his PT boat #109 which he commanded and his heroic actions in saving most of the men in his crew, previously presumed dead. At the time it was his father who was famous, Joseph P. Kennedy, former ambassador to England. Once John F. Kennedy became President this incident became the stuff of legend resulting in a movie and several books, interest being revived in 2002 by the discovery of the PT 109 by famed explorer Robert Ballard who also discovered the wrecks of the Bismark and Titanic.
The article provides considerable detail of the incident (see) and is followed by a brief report headed: "Kennedy's Parents Overjoyed" with a dateline of Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Complete in 30 pages with tiny binding holes along the left spine, otherwise in very nice condition. This is the "rag edition", done specifically on high-quality newsprint for institutional use by libraries, museums and historical societies.

Category: The 20th Century