THE ELCO 77' PT BOAT
The ELCO 77 foot PT boats were the first to see combat in WWII. The first squadron, RON 1, was stationed in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. RON 1 bravely used their available resources on that infamous day to combat the attacking enemy aircraft. The second squadron, RON 3, was stationed in the Philippines on December 10, 1941 when they encountered the attacking Japanese. Within several months they evacuated General Douglas MacArthur, his family and staff from Corregidor and then courageously stayed on line until all their boats had been expended. Squadron Ron 3 was commanded by Cmdr. John D. Bulkeley (VADM. John D. Bulkeley 1911-1996) who received the Medal of Honor for evacuating General Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor on March 12, 1942. Cmdr. John D. Bulkeley was the first of two PT Boaters to receive the Medal of Honor.