PT 109, a naval vessel etched into history, gained prominence during World War II for its association with Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, the future President of the United States. A Motor Torpedo Boat (PT) in the Pacific theater, PT 109 operated in the Solomon Islands. In August 1943, under Kennedy’s command, it patrolled the Blackett Strait.
The Battle of Guadalcanal, a pivotal engagement in the Pacific Theater of World War II, unfolded from August 7, 1942, to February 9, 1943. Fought between American and Japanese forces, it marked the Allies’ first major offensive against Japan.