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1 x 40mm
1 x 37mm cannon
1 x 20mm cannon
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x Torpedo Tubes
On September 22, 1942 transfered to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (MTBRon 2) under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm, USN. During early October 1942, loaded aboard USS Tallulah (AO-50) as deck cargo along with PT-112 and shipped to the South Pacific.
All available PT boats were sent to the Savo-Esperance area, including PT-37 under the command of Taylor with PT-47 were stationed two miles southeast of Savo. On the way to its patrol area, this boat was bombed and strafed by Japanese aircraft, but suffered no damage. Forty minutes after arriving at station, PT-111 spotted a destroyer three miles east of Cape Esperence and PT-48 spotted two destroyers two miles west of Savo Island. The PT Boats seporated with each attacking separately.
PT-111 approached within 500 yards of the destroyer and fired all four of her torpedoes, but was unable to observe the results due to return gunfire. Thirteen minutes later, PT-111 was hit by gunfire from Kawakaze and burst into flames wounding several of the crew and sank into Iron Bottom Sound off Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal. Aboard, Lt(jg) Philip A. Shribman, O-102637 was declared Missing In Action (MIA). Also sunk was PT-37.
During the same battle, PT-115 and PT-38 beached themselves on the western side of Savo Island and were later pulled off by PT-109. This was the most violent action the PT Boats participated in off Guadalcanal, and it was their last, as the Japanese completed their evacuation during the night of February 7-8, 1943.
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