"At the time of turning, PT 109 was seen to collide with the warship, followed by an explosion and a large flame with died down a little, but continued to burn for 10 or 15 minutes. The warship when it was about 3000 yards away headed toward them at high speed. The PT 169 stopped just before the warship hit PT 109, turned toward it and fired two torpedoes when abeam at 150 yards range. The destroyer straddled the PT 169 with shell fire, just after its collision with PT 109, and then circled left toward Gizo Island at increased speed and disappeared."
On August 2, 1943, while on patrol in the Solomon Islands, PT 109, with Lt. (jg) Jack Kennedy in command, was sunk after being rammed by the Japanese Destroyer Amagiri.