Gordon L. Sewell
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Name: Gordon L. Sewell
Date of Birth: 12/23/26
Branch of Service: Navy
Dates of Service: March 1944 to June 1946
Location of Military Service: Philippines
Mr. Sewell enlisted in the navy in 1944. He was only 17 years old and still in high school at the time. He went to basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois. From there, he went to Outgoing Unit to be reassigned. He volunteered for duty on a PT Boat and was sent to Boston and then to Milville, Rhode Island for further training on a PT Boat. He was assigned as a Gunners Mate.
The boat was an Elco, 30 feet long and made of 3/4 inch plywood, and was the same kind of boat that John Fitzgerald Kennedy served on. The PT Boat was meant to go into inlets and fire on Japanese ships because of their speed and maneuverability. They did many other things though such as laying water-hugging smoke, sinking barges, strafing beaches, ferrying, evacuating wounded, reconnaissance, rescue and more. Mr. Sewell received a Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Pacific Theater Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Ribbon. he achieved the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer.