Local Vet Receives Honor on 70th Anniversary of PT109 Incident

WWIAGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – A special honor today for a local veteran who served with John Kennedy in World War II.

Harold Marney of Springfield was 19 years old when he served on PT109 with the future president.

He was one of two crewmen who died 70 years ago after the boat collided with a Japanese ship.

Marney and a fellow crewmate fell overboard and were declared Killed In Action – Buried at Sea.

This morning at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, Marney received military honors from the USS Constitution Honor Guard…. including the dedication of a new headstone.

“He’s never really had a formal memorial,” said Marney’s nephew, Francis Pioreck. “To basically be called out of the blue and say geez there’s some people who are interested in making sure that he’s memorialized properly for his sacrifice is very overwhelming.”

This is the 70th anniversary of the PT109 incident… and the day Marney made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.