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77' x 19' 11" x 4' 6"
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x Torpedo Tubes
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.
Aboard this PT Boat were:
Afterwards, every member of the PT Boat Squadron that participated in the mission earned the Silver Star.
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."
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