“I Wish To Have No Connection With Any Ship That Does Not Sail Fast; For I Intend To Go In Harm's Way.”
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I am looking for information about Dudley J Johnson,a dear friend and mentor who shared many stories. I have seen no photos and being the humble person he was he didn’t speak much of his own actions. I would love to know more. He died ion January 27, 2005. Way to soon.
I have no further information on DJ Johnson beyond what is on the website. His page,
shows his time on the 127 boat.
The Deck Logs,
during his time as Exec Officer were written mostly in his hand.
The After Action Reports,
may contain further information of his combat exposure while on the boat.
The Deck Logs lists him as Skipper as of 10/22/44. Which means he would have been in command of the boat during the Battle of Surigao Strait, a very famous engagement in the Pacific. However, there is some conflicting history on this as at least one set of stories of that battle indicate that a Lt. Cady was skipper during the battle.
Best of luck on your search. As I recall there are some photos of him herein. If you have access to any other photos related to the 127 that you’d like to share with the website, please let me know.
Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, there is a Forum that dedicated to PT Boats, you might be able to get further information there.
My grandfather William Dominic Garzione was on PT 127 and is in many of those pictures!!
Hi Jenelle, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you got a chance to see photos with your grandfather in them.
If your family has photos you’d like to post on the site please contact us as we’d love to see the site’s content grow.
Very interesting Earl. Thanks for the information.
i was at treasury alsom as base cook.i was also at ormoc base also as base cook.i remember the old bombed out bldmng well.it was xclose to the galley and had an old rcavictrola in th e center. i tjhiink there was only one record and iit was jo stafford singing.i also w emnt with one of the laundry girls and her broth er kept muy tent cleaned. i was invited tio their hone once for dibber,. it was quite and experience.
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