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Shaping a President: John F. Kennedy and PT-109
April 23, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.| Free
Join the Sixth Floor Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War to learn about President Kennedy’s service during World War II. Explore a PT-309 and a model of Kennedy’s PT-109, then hear about how his time in the Navy helped shape his future.
In the middle of World War II, on August 2, 1943, Lt. John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one incurred crew-member, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. This dramatic tale of World War II heroism framed Senator Kennedy’s political narrative as he ran for president in 1960.
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