Newly released Japanese war documents indicate that JFK was, literally, asleep at the wheel when a Japanese destroyer stalked and destroyed PT-109. Yet, despite this negligence, the full story of Kennedy's war service as a PT boat captain is a heroic one.
5000 words. Illustrated with 5 high-res b&w photographs plus a color painting of Kennedy's second boat, PT-59, by the author.
Joe Hinds is the author of the eleven-volume Definitive Illustrated History of the Torpedo Boat, 1280-1945 (Nimble Books).