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During World War II, John F. Kennedy joined the Navy. He was made Lieutenant (Lt.) and assigned to the South Pacific as commander of a patrol torpedo boat, the PT-109.
On the night of August 2, 1943, Lt. Kennedy’s crew patrolled the waters looking for enemy ships to sink. A Japanese destroyer suddenly became visible. But it was traveling at full speed and headed straight at them.
Lt. Kennedy was slammed hard against the cockpit, injuring his back. Patrick McMahon, one of his crew members, had horrible burns on his face and hands and was ready to give up. In the darkness,
At sunrise, Lt. Kennedy led his men toward a small island several miles away. Despite his own injuries, Lt. Kennedy was able to tow Patrick McMahon ashore, a strap from McMahon’s life jacket clenched between his teeth.
Six days later two native islanders found them and went for help, delivering a message Jack had carved into a piece of coconut shell.
Photo: Lieutenant John F. Kennedy in the South Pacific, circa 1943
More about JFK in World War II - From the JFK Library
In one hour, three former Iowa Supreme Court Justices who were part of a unanimous decision to legalize same-sex marriage in that state will be honored by Caroline Kennedy. Watch the Profile in Courage Award Ceremony live from the JFK Library:
Senator John F. Kennedy signs a copy of Profiles in Courage for a young fan.
The Profile in Courage Award, named after the Pulitzer-prize winning book, will be broadcast live, Monday, May 7th, at 11am at www.jfklibrary.org/webcast.
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.