PT 46
Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three

August 1942-February 1943
Lt.(jg) Henry S. Taylor
Boat Captain
Ens. Stanley C. Thomas
Executive Officer
TM1/c Hobart D. Wisdom
MM1/c R.C. Barnard
MM1/c H.P. Peterson
RM2/c W.E. Purvis
GM2/c Teddy S. Kuharski
QM1/c Boyd G. Kleinworth
Bkr1/c Henry D. Bracy
Ship's Cook
MM2/c C.F. Keifer

27 Aug. 1942
Hoisted aboard USS Lackawanna, bound for Noumea, New Caledonia.
19 Sept.
Arrived at Noumea.
29 Sept.
7 Oct.
Underway for Espiritu Santo, in tow of USS Bellatrix. Ships in convoy: USS Aaron Ward, USS Bellatrix, USS Alchiba, USS Jamestown (MTB tender) and Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three.
10 Oct.
0730 hrs. Arrived at Espiritu Santo. Departed for Tulagi under tow of USS Hovey
12 Oct.
Arrived Tulagi.
14 Oct.
0310-0320 hrs. Engaged enemy ships firing on Guadalcanal.
19-20 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
22 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
24 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
26-27 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
29 Oct.
Patrol-enemy contact.
30 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
1-3 Nov.
Patrol-no contact. Collided with PT 38 on 3 Nov.
13 Nov.
Patrol. Escorted USS Portland, sighted gunfire from unidentified ships, launched three torpedoes. Retired behind smoke, observed hits on enemy vessel.
14 Nov.
Patrol. Observed naval battle north of Guadalcanal.
15 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
19 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
20 Nov.
Patrol-sighted ship off Kokumbona (friendly?)
22-29 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
1 Dec.
0340 hrs. Escort to USS Bobolink. 0500 hrs. Escort to USS Minneapolis.
3 Dec.
12-13 Dec.
19 Dec.
Patrol-sighted unidentified ship off Tassafaronga, no hitsxmade escape. Served as screening vessel for PT 40. (Ship was later determined to be transport hulk aground on a reef.)
21 Dec
Patrol-no contact.
22 Dec.
Patrol-starboard engine V-drive freezes.
23 Dec.
Patrol-Returned to port unable to keep station.
24 Dec.
Patrol-Ens. Jim Mountcastle in command. Sighted enemy vessel, fired four torpedoes, reversed course. Observed flash on target.
25-26 Dec.
Patrol, no contact.
29-30 Dec.
Patrol, no contact.
1-2 Jan. 43
Patrol, no contact.
5 Jan.
Patrol, no contact.
8 Jan.
Patrol-observed bomb flashes 5 miles west of Savo I.
10 Jan.
Patrol-fired three torpedoes at enemy ship, made escape. Hot run in port after tube. Picked up three survivors of PT 112.
14 Jan.
Patrol. Sighted enemy ship, fired two torpedoes, retired behind smoke, results undetermined.

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