Post War PT658

Photo demonstrating the various stages of restoration . . . .


PT 658 Museum Newsletter March 18, 2018 -

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PT 658 Museum Newsletter Sept 11, 2017 -

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Progress on museum space in boathouse

Museum WW2 table display

PT311 flag display with theater display panal in background

A few shots of work being done in museum ... still more to be done

Further development of museum display area

Steve Dietz with Bud Case Ron 10 PT168 at museum going over memories before trip on 9-16-2017 for USS Coontz reunion

Michael Olson of Mesquite, Nv. donating to Wally Boerger a Japanese Arisaka 99 short rifle obtained by his father in 1945 off Okinawa

Jan Wojciechowski and Tom Cates finishing installing and testing museum Signal Corps field phones

Our first small group watching video in theater area

Al Skinner MD with foul weather jacket donated to PT658 museum

Steve Dietz, Al Skinner and Bill Weaver at museum

Group photo taken by Cheryl Woods at museum

Jim Waters and Jim Mitchell complete new storage area for uniforms below display case

Dave Pilate donates pillow case sent to his mom Dec 6 1941 from Pearl Harbor

Jim Waters and John Kihlstrum finishing new storage shelves in museun dispay cases

WW2 USO record display in museum theater

PT boats lost in enemy action display board designed by Steve Dietz in museum

Carol daughter of Don Brandt with model of his boat PT253 he made in 1994 and she donated to museum

Steve Dietz with memorial board of all PT boaters lost in action (331) with their rank created largely by Steve

Memorial as seen in 1944 at Melville R.I. and Jim Waters finishing the trim

Japanese officer's sword obtained by Roscoe S. Krier in WW2 and donated by his son John

Fred Juras new 'hands on' screw and tool display in museum

Painting of PT658 'on station in the South Pacific' donated by the family of Ray Noble who passed away 6-14-2018

Bob Hostetter and Ray Noble at dedication ceremony in 2005

Katie, Clara and Lynne on there way to new home in Newfoundland

Richard Morris with Arthur Lopez, Dee Degner and Steve Dietz accepting the loan of a WW2 photo book of Joe G. Lopez who served on PT129.

Sample of new red highlighted interactive displays in the museum

New memorial plaque in the museum library for Bradley F, Henke of the Quest For Truth Foundation who have been a significant contributor to PT658.

A large donation from Doug Prentice of items his father (David V) had obtained in Europe and Asia while serving on PT204 and others as a torpedoman.

Ron 15 plaque from PT204 donated by Doug Prentice on display with Ron 15 photos on museum wall near entrance.

John Kihlstrum's work on bamboo entrance to museum similar to one at Tulagi

Donation of photos, pins, ships clock, barometer and uniform of Clement Duayne Blakney who served in Hawaii from his son Charles

Antique boat club of Portland on tour of museum on 4-18-2019

Steve Dietz recieving a donation of 'sand from Iwo Jima' from Alyssa Degner-Lopez LT, JAGC, USN

Wally Boerger recieves WW2 'dogtag' from Arthur Lopez of his father Joe Gareviy Lopez (PT 129)

Professor Arthur Andrew Lopez, Alyssa Degner-Lopez LT, JAGC, USN, JJ Degner-Lopez, Professor Dee A. Degner in front of display wall developed by Steve Dietz honoring Joe Gareviy Lopez (PT 129)

Frank Lesage (PT205) in front of first of (8) 4'x4' PT/WW2 history boards along walkway to museum

Steve Dietz and Fred Juras finishing mounting PT/WW2 history panels

The eight panels from both directions on approach to museum

Kevin and Bree from GISI who helped develop the history panels along the entry to the museum

Large donation from Gene Mossberger son of Eugene Samuel Mossberger Ships cook 1st class Ron 24. The collection includes a rare Japanese Nambu 14 pistol with holster

The 'spare copy' Mark 31 torpedo director on temporary dispay in museum

A second Japanese Arisaka 99 short rifle with bayonet donated to museum, but not yet on display properly

WW2 chest donated by Lt . Lowe H. Wiggers Jr. M.D. family. Lt. Wiggers was medical officer at Ron 13 and Ron 16 base. and received the Legion of Merit Medal for the work he did there.

The case on display in museum

Legion of Merit citation

Marsden Ware exhibit in museum May 2022

Philippine guerrilla war display in theater involving Bob Hostetter and Iliff Richardson

Jerry Gilmartin working in museum to sort and rename many of our computer files

Naval sword and sheath owned by US Generl George S. Patton and donated to museum by Randy Ayer ... see attached note

WW2 engraved canteen donated by family of Robert Ray Taylor TM 1/c Ron 9 PT 154

New framed display of original chart from invasion of Elba donated and signed by Arthur Frongello QM 3/C PT302 Ron 22

USN flier hat donated through Tom Cates

Bill Weaver modeling hat.

Donation of model of PT 230 Ron17(Ron 20) from family of skipper Ensign Frank L. Anderson along with PT painting.

Donation of various items and drawings from the family of LT(jg) Carl F. Gould skipper of PT185 Ron 11.

Jerry Gilmartin donated a coffee roaster as used in the movie PT109 by Cliff Robertson.

Display plaque below ships bell donated by LCDR Orvis E. Ely skipper of PT481

Original helm from PT231 donated by Ed Jepsen and his wife Karen who was skipper of said boat.

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