Privately, John F. Kennedy (right, at far right, with his crew) apparently was willing to take responsibility for the loss of his torpedo boat in World War II. He told at least one contemporary that he had throttled up, with the muffler flaps closed (right, visible on the PT-109's stern), which likely would have stalled the boat.
Since the pitch-black night of 1-2 August 1943, when the Japanese destroyer Amagiri rammed and sank the PT-109, debate has flared over precisely what happened. Did John F. Kennedy "allow" the 109 to be rammed because he ran a slack ship and failed to take timely action? Or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Testimony from a former tent-mate of JFK's suggests neither position may account for what really happened that night. Between the lines of that testimony is an even more startling implication: That Kennedy and at least one of his crewmen deliberately may have withheld the truth.