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Online Gallery: John F. Kennedy in World War II

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In April 1943, 25-year-old John F. Kennedy arrived in the Pacific and took command of the PT-109. Just months later, the boat collided with a Japanese ship, killing two of his men. All Photos Courtesy of The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library


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8 Responses to “Online Gallery: John F. Kennedy in World War II”

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    Chris Long says:

    The narrative 'forgets' to mention Kennedy was sent to PT training at the behest of his father; that was after the FBI determined he was leaking classified information to a probable spy during their trysts while he served in Washington.

    Check it out if you don't believe me…

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      Hoodsport Writer says:

      Bull….he had to get his father to go to bat for him because his health was so bad at first he was rejected…he fought to get in the Navy…was a real hero…and our last great president!

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        Lancer says:

        JFK shouldn't have been in Tulagi Sts. and his getting rammed by the Japanese destroyer was a bit of negligence on his part. Still, he showed bravery in rescuing crew members and he kept his wits to save everyone, so for that he gets my respect. PT boats were kind of worthless in the war effort overall, built of plywood and vulnerable as a result.

        I disagree that JFK was our "last great president". We'll have many more to come as the USA goes into the future. I would have to put Barack Obama up in the history books as a great president too, especially once he gets reelected for a second term.

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    Hoodsport Writer says:

    I think JFK admitted that himself. Once asked how he became a hero and he said "they sank my boat"….I hope you are correct about there being more "great" presidents and particularly Obama…he certainly is a "possible" but he has to become a stronger political leader. And realize he is in a similar time as the 1840-50's…he has to be strong – can't be James Buchanan.

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    Chrs Long says:

    Inga Arvad was the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende's beauty queen of 1931.[3] She attended the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, and then moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a columnist at the Washington Times-Herald. She met John F. Kennedy in Washington through his sister Kathleen [1][3] nineteen years before he was sworn in as President of the United States. She was investigated by the FBI under the suspicion that she may have been a spy for Nazi Germany.[3]

    In November 1941, while John F. Kennedy served as an ensign in the US Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence, he and Arvad began a romantic relationship.[3] Arvad was already being followed by the FBI due to allegations that she was a German spy, as well as her previously being photographed with Hitler. When the FBI discovered that the "ensign Jack" that had been visiting the married Arvad was, in fact, a Kennedy, they extended their investigation. Hoover then had his men photograph the couple and record their bedroom activities with hidden microphones, as reported by Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who first broke the My Lai massacre and Abu Ghraib torture stories, in his book The Dark Side of Camelot. Hersh maintains that Kennedy tried to recover those audiotapes throughout his presidency.

    Kennedy's superior officer at the time, Captain Seymour A.D. Hunter, was quoted as saying that the U.S. Navy looked at Arvad as similar to Mata Hari. They thought she was using Kennedy to find out all she could about what was going on in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Captain Howard Klingman, then assistant director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, called Hunter in his office. Hunter was told that Kennedy needed to be put out of the Navy. Hunter pointed out that the situation was delicate because of Joseph P. Kennedy's having been United States Ambassador to England. However, he believed the young naval intelligence officer was not privy to information that would be more than a bit embarrassing. Hunter advised that Kennedy be transferred to a seagoing unit.[2]

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    Tom Ross says:

    Jack Kennedy, whose boat was sunk by a Japanese Destroyer was a volunteer to hazardous duty, no bean counter like Dick Nixon or even Lyndon Johnson. Jack had an affair with a hot reporter, if she was a spy, she was never arrested. If she was a spy J. Edgar would have had her arrested, remember Hoover hated Joe Kennedy Sr. Jack Kennedy, as a lowly Lt. would not have been protected from any fallout, also remember Joe Sr. was very much out of favor with FDR due to Sr's appeasement beliefs and statements.
    Jack Kennedy, Joe Kennedy Jr., and Bobby Kennedy all died for their country, violently I may say. None of them had to do anything during the war, stateside was a place for the two older boys, but they volunteered to put themselves in harms way.

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    Chris Long says:

    Funny, Tom Ross.

    You 'forget' Hoover was blackmailing the Kennedys with proof of dalliance and their deal with the Giancana mob.

    Did you also 'forget' that Kennedy was sharing Judith Campbell with
    Giancana and she was a messenger between the two ?

    What I call liberal color blindness when it comes to the Kennedys is
    astonishing in how widespread it is and the depth to which it goes.
    Fact is, JFK was paranoid about being impeached if Hoover spilled the beans.

    See Joe MacInnis's bopk "The Third Brother" and Arthur Schlesinger's "Bobby Kennedy and His Times" for the depth
    of the blackmail Hoover was perpetrating over affairs and mob

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    Tom Ross says:

    Hoover was blackmailing JFK while he was in the service in WW2? REALLY? So how does liberal color blindness change the facts that Jack Kenedy and Joe Jr volunteered for hazardous duty? and that Joe DIED in a clapped out B24 trying to knock off NAZI sub pens, or that Jack went into combat when he could have stayed home?

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