World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: How the Carriers Were Sunk

The PT had an ugly duckling painted on the bow. The duckling pointed to itself with one wing and above was the legend, "Who, Me?" The skipper was Theodore Berlin, a slender, dark Reservist of 22 who had come to the Navy from the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Who, Me? was mooching along in company with two landing craft (infantry and tanks) some 30 miles south of Empress Augusta Bay. One of the PT's three engines had burned out, but she could still keep up with her consorts. A gorgeous sunset was draining from the clouds...

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