Torpedo Boat PT-34 was a
PT-20-class motor torpedo
boat commissioned on 12 July 1941.
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1. The commander of
PT-34 was , the executive officer of Motor
Torpedo Boat Squadron Three, based in the Philippines from late 1941
through April 1942. Who commanded PT-34?
- Ltjg. Robert B. Kelly
- Ltjg. Marion Morrison
- Ltjg. Wade Boggs
2. On 17 December 17, SS
Corregidor a passenger ship loaded
with 1,200 passengers struck a mine off Corregidor and sunk with a large
loss of life. PT-34, along with squadron mates
rescued, who were distributed between Corregidor and French SS
What was the estimated number of survivors?
- 180 survivors
- 280 survivors
- 380 survivors
3. This PT boat evacuated Admiral Francis W. Rockwell, General
Richard Marshall (Deputy Chief of Staff, USAFFE), Col. Charles P.
Stivers (G-1, USFFEE), Capt. Joseph McMicking (Philippine Army, Asst.
G-2, USFFE) from Corregidor to Mindanao on March 12, 1942 as part of the
operation to evacuate General Douglas MacArthur to Australia.
4. On the night of April 8, 1942, off Cebu, the Imperial Japanese
cruiser Kuma and the torpedo boat
Kiji were attacked by
in concert with PT-41. Both PT boats reported seeing multiple
torpedo hits on the Kuma from their attack, but according to
Japanese Navy records examined after the war, the
Kuma was hit in
the bow by one of the torpedoes fired by PT-34, but it failed to
5. PT-34 was sunk near an island by four Japanese F1M
floatplanes from the Sanuki Maru on April 9, 1942, in the
aftermath of the Kuma attack. What was the island?
- Kauit Island
- Kingpin Island
- Mandolins Island
6. Lt. Kelly survived the sinking, and was later transported out of
the Philippines along with three other officers of the squadron. In a
movie, Kelly was Lieutenant (j.g.) 'Rusty' Ryan. Who played Ryan/Kelly
in They Were Expendable?
- John Wayne
- Marshall Thompson
- Jeff York
7. The crew suffered one KIA, one DOW and three WIA of 6 man crew.
The executive officer Iliff David Richardson remained in the Philippines
with the guerrilla forces with his account of his experiences turned
into the book and film American Guerrilla in the Philippines. Who
played Richardson in the movie?
- Abe Vigoda
- Clayton Moore
- Tyron Power