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JFK & PT 109: A Hero in Question DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2002

Is the story of wartime heroism at the heart of the JFK myth more fabrication than fact?



The story has long been repeated as gospel: on August 2nd, 1943, when the PT Boat he commanded was struck and sunk by a Japanese destroyer, a young John Kennedy demonstrated extraordinary courage and dedication in saving the lives of 10 crewmembers. JFK's rise to the presidency was sped along by his status as a wartime hero, but HISTORY UNDERCOVER® dares to ask whether that reputation was deserved.

JFK & PT-109: A HERO IN QUESTION reviews official documents and examines the testimony of surviving crew members and the naval officers who investigated the incident. What emerges is a markedly different version of what happened. Based on these sources and insight from experts like Nigel Hamilton, the author of JFK: Reckless Youth, and Paul B. Fay, Jr., the commander of PT 167, JFK & PT 109 suggests that the Kennedy family made a deliberate and successful attempt to bury the facts in order to protect the carefully-shaped image of their favorite son.

After nearly 60 years, another side of one of WWII's best-known tales finally comes to light.

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