The History Place - John F. Kennedy Photo History

War Hero: July 1943 - The crew of PT 109 with their skipper Jack Kennedy (far right). His motorized torpedo (PT) boat was an 80-foot-long plywood vessel powered by 3 engines capable of 40 knots. But the PT boats and the torpedoes were prone to mechanical problems. It was tough, dangerous duty that attracted Ivy League men like Jack with sailing experience, who wanted to command their own small boats.

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