Monday, August 5, 2013

Aug

5

1943

Shipwrecked John F. Kennedy finds Soloman islanders

Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, USNR, (standing at right) with other crewmen on board PT-109, 1943.

A little farther up the beach, alongside a native lean-to, a one-man canoe and a barrel of water were found. About this time a canoe containing two persons was sighted. Light showing between their legs revealed that they did not wear trousers and, therefore, must be natives. Despite all efforts of Kennedy and Ross to attract their attention, they paddled swiftly off to the northwest. Nevertheless, Kennedy and Ross, having obtained a canoe, food and water, considered their visit a success.