Boat and Crew Stats: - Out of 531 PT Boats that were in service during World War II, a total of 26 were lost because of enemy action. Surprisingly, 43 PT Boats were lost due to accidents, friendly fire, or sea conditions. - 60,000-64,000 men were said to have served on PT Boats. Three hundred and thirty men died during WWII serving on PT Boats. - Two PT Boat crewmen, John Bulkeley and Murray Preston received the Medal of Honor Awards. John Bulkeley received his award for Operation Breakout from Philippine Officials out of the Philippines. John Bulkeley retired from the Navy in 1988 as a Vice Admiral. Murray Preston received his Medal of Honor for the rescue of a downed pilot. - There were between 12 - 18 crewmembers on each boat. - The PT Boats were equipped two standard twin .50 caliber machine guns and a variety of firepower depending on the mission they were going to undertake. Some had a single .30 caliber machine gun that was used by one of the officers to direct the fire of the other guns to a target. On the front deck, there was a .20-millimeter anti-aircraft gun and sometimes a 37-millimeter cannon. The .37-millimeter was originally the nose gun of the Bell Aircobra and was modified for PT use. It was primarily used for fighting barges. On the rear deck, a .40-millimeter gun was located near day room, an area amidships where the crew could relax. The boats also carried from two to four Mark IV torpedoes, a number of depth charges, a smoke screen generator, rockets, mortars, and an assortment of hand grenades, handguns and rifles. - The word "PT Boats" is short for Patrol Torpedo Boats. Their real name was MTB (motor torpedo boat). Strangely enough, the Japanese called them "Cat-Eyed Devils." - The positions a sailor could have had on a PT Boat were: Skipper (captain), Gunner, Torpedo man, Radioman, Quartermaster, Cook, Signalman, Executive Officer, and a Motor Mechanic. - About 16,000 men trained to become a sailor on PT boats at Melville, Rhode Island. - PT Boats were used by the Navy because of their maneuverability in situations that required maneuverability like sailing away from a bomb or fire. They were also chosen for their ability to be out in the dead of night on "The Black Coast" and sink Japanese ships that were 55 times bigger then the PT was, while hiding from Japanese that were on land. They were fast, could carry a huge armory of weapons, and they were dangerous to the Japanese. - 80 - 95% of all PT Boaters were volunteers.