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Operated from Morobe PT Boat Base. During the night of October 8-9, 1942 PT-128 under the command of Lt(jg) Lawrence M. Stutsman, USNR with PT-194 patrolled off the western end of New Britain through a narrow passage off Siassi Island. Off Grass Point, New Britain the pair observed black smoke off Lagoon Point and proceeded slowly towards the target, which proved to be enemy destroyers. Spotted, the destroyers opened fire and both PT Boats laid smoke and accidentally collided in their own smoke. PT-128 was damaged with a hole in the port side, but both were able to make top speed and escape.
Next, operated from Aitape PT Boat Base. During the afternoon of May 28, 1944 PT-128 and PT-131 departed for a patrol and revived word RAAF crew member Raymond A. Graetz from Beaufort A9-571 was alive near the mouth of the Danmap River, 35 miles east of Aitape and was located on the beach, injured and unable to swim, Lt. William W. Stewart and Ens Gregory J. Azarigian padded ashore in a rubber raft to rescue him, despite sniper fire.
On July 15 - 16, 1944 PT-133 and PT-128 under the command of Ensign T.E. Moran (USNR). attacked three barges off Cape Pus, sinking one and damaging the other two on the first run. As they were circling, a 40mm gun opened up from shore, its first round hitting PT-133 amidship setting gas tanks on fire and one crew man went overboard, for five minutes they fought the flames, then abandoned ship. The crew took to rubber rafts and ten minutes later the boat exploded, split into two sections and sank. PT-128 was holed in four places and had two wounded aboard. PT-143 was called in to pick up the men in the rafts.
On February 15, 1945 transfered to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 21 (MTBS 21) in the Philippines, under the command of Lt. Carl T. Gleason, USN.
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