A discovery by the World War II Vanuatu and Pacific Museum Committee, confirmed that Lieutenant John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, who later became the 35th President of the United States of America, came to Espiritu Santo during World War II, in April 1943.
According to the findings, John F Kennedy sailed to Espiritu Santo on-board USS Rochambeau and from Santo he was transferred to USS LST-499 and taken to the torpedo base at Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands where he was then made Skipper of TP 109.
What made PT 109 famous was from the incident of August 1, 1943 when it was struck by Japanese Destroyer, Amagiri, which got PT 109 crew into the dark water to then swim ashore and struggled to survive and finding help with fear of being caught by the Japanese, given their proximity from where they went ashore.
Skipper John F Kennedy and the crew were later rescued on August 8th, with John F Kennedy, later awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his courage and leadership. He later became the 35th President of the United States of America.
The finding on John F Kennedy, by the Vanuatu and the Pacific World War II Museum in Luganville Santo, adds to already vast features of the remains of the Vanuatu and the Pacific World War II Museum which went officially launched expects to attract tourists world-wide into Espiritu Santo and Vanuatu.
Luganville, Santo was the largest Base for some 200,000 US Marines during World War II. The World War relics and remains include the famous USS President Coolidge, which is now well known for scooper divers from around the world that visit Espiritu Santo, especially to dive on the Coolidge.
In the meantime, the Vanuatu and Pacific World War II Museum Committee continue to trace down every WW II relics and remains on the Island of Espiritu Santo as well as far and wide campaign for relics and information to add to the already huge collection that is certainly going to be flooded by local and world-wide visitors when ready to be officially on display for viewing.