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U.S. Flag from PT 109, replaced July 1943, the month before the boat was sunk

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, United States

In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, PT 109 was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. JFK instantly lost two of his crew and led the survivors through a harrowing ordeal that ended six days later with their rescue. He emerged from the experience with a battle-tested view of war that would come to shape his perspective as Commander-in-Chief.

This wind-tattered flag was replaced by a new one shortly before PT 109 was sunk; it is one of the few physical remnants from the boat that still exists.

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  • Title: U.S. Flag from PT 109, replaced July 1943, the month before the boat was sunk
  • Creator: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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