Islander who saved JFK finally honored

solomon-islander-jfk.jpgThe Solomon Islander who rescued JFK during WW2 has received a long overdue reward from the US government. Eroni Kumana was the local man who reached U.S. forces for help after the PT boat commanded by JFK was rammed by Japanese destroyer in 1943, stranding the crew on an island behind enemy lines. The Secretary of the Navy and the crew of the USS Peleliu recently visited Kumana to present him with gifts and to repair his home which had been damaged in an earthquake. 

As courageous as JFK actions were during the incident, it is interesting to note that the Kennedy family has a decidedly mixed record when it comes to water rescues.

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