PT 61
Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three

September 1942-February 1943
Lt. Hugh M. Robinson
Boat Captain/Squadron Commander
MTBRON 3 (Nov. 42/Jan.43)
Ens. Joseph C. Kernell
Executive Officer (later Boat Captain)
QM1/c Sawyer
TM1/c Alfred R. Norwood
GM1/c Benjamin F. Parrish
RM1/c Hamilton
CMM Arthur Stuffert
MM1/c Shaw
MM1/c Jeans
SC1/c Koval
Ship's Cook

13 Sept. 1942
Hoisted aboard skids on SS Joseph Stanton.
13 Oct.
Arrived in Noumea.
16 Oct.
20 Oct.
Underway for Espiritu Santo under tow of USS Trevor.
22 Oct.
Arrived Espiritu.
23 Oct.
Departed for Tulagi, towed by USS Trevor.
25 Oct.
Arrived Tulagi, patrol that night-no contact.
26 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
28 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
29 Oct.
Patrol-no contact.
31 Oct.
Patrol-no contact, struck reef.
2 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
4 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
6-7 Nov.
Patrol-no contact.
8 Nov.
Patrol-enemy contact, Japanese shell blew off bow of boat.
21 Nov.
Work on bow completed.
27 Nov.
Patrol-no contact
2 Dec.
Patrol-no contact.
4 Dec.
Patrol-no contact.
8 Dec.
0500-0815hrs. Anti-submarine patrol.
8-9 Dec.
Patrol-no contact
11 Dec.
Patrol-Lt. Charles E. Tilden in command. Ran aground.
12 Dec.
Towed off by PC boat.
13 Dec-
30 Jan. 1943
Laid up, out of commission
2 Feb.
Picked up six men out of water six miles East of Savo Island.

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