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  PT-35 (PTC-15)
USN
77' Elco

40 Tons
77' x 19' 11" x 4' 6"
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x Torpedo Tubes

Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down April 3, 1941 as Motor Boat Submarine Chaser, PTC-15, reclassified PT-35 prior to completion. Launched June 19, 1941. Completed July 16, 1941. Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 1 (MTBS 1) under the command of Lt. William C. Specht, USN.

On August 12, 1941 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTBS 3) under the command of Lt. John D. Bulkeley, USN. One of six PT Boats (PT-31, PT-32, PT-33, PT-34, P-35 and PT-41) loaded aboard the USS Guadalupe (AO-32) as deck cargo along and transported to the Philippines during September 1941.

Wartime History
During the night of March 11-12, 1942, this PT boat under the command of Ensign A. B. Akers along with PT-32 (abandoned during the mission), PT-34 and PT-41 evacuated Douglas MacArthur, his family and senior officers from Corregidor to Mindanao.

Aboard this PT Boat were:
Colonel Charles A. Willoughby, G-2
Lieutenant Colonel Le Grande A. Diller, Aide, (PRO)
Lieutenant Colonel Francis H. Wilson, Aide to Major General Richard K. Sutherland
Master Sergeant Paul P. Rogers, Secretary.

Afterwards, every member of the PT Boat Squadron that participated in the mission earned the Silver Star.

Sinking History
On April 12, 1942 scuttled and burned to prevent capture at Cebu.

Relative
Kim (cousin)
"After his liberation, all the servicemen were told to surrender. My cousin and many of the others headed for the mountains and were going to try to make it to Australia. He and another buddy J.C. Chalker, an Army guy and several others plus three Filipinos somehow got a small power boat and headed out for Australia. Well, apparently they only made it to Celebes. When they landed the Dutch turned them over to the Japanese. The town was called as I was told Sarismanado, and the area of the common grave was called Liebonyat Garden.

The Japanese in turn killed them. I was told they were all beheaded and buried in this Liebonyat Garden in a common grave. Now, how the events of their bodies being found is not clear to me but, Joseph C. Chalker's body was recovered along with nine other bodies in this grave. I have spoken with his 90 year old sister who states she still has all the records given to her parents about who was buried there.

The letter states that 10 bodies were recovered. However, they were buried in St. Louis is the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in a group grave but only eight bodies [section 82, site 219]. Now, my question is what happened to the 2 bodies? The cemetery only has record of 8 bodies but not 10 as the Chalker family was told. The cemetery also told me that my cousins body still was not recovered--so my feeling is he is still there on the island somewhere.

I know I still have investigations to do myself to get the exact location. My guess is it is somewhere in North Sulawesi possibly at Manado. That is a tourist spot and I think has an airport also, I know Manado is the northern part of the island. I have gotten this far finding information from the beginning of our family never being told or knowing any thing about his death to getting as close to finding the island on which he died."

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 3, 5, 7, 15-16, 18-21, 59, 450, 453, 484, 486, 488
Navy Source PT-35 (photos)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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