Lot 97: TLS signed "John Kennedy," one page, 7.75 x 10.5, Congress of the United States letterhead, March 27, 1950. Letter to John H. Artesani, a sailor aboard the USS Shenandoah. In part: "Reference is again made to your desire to secure a shore duty assignment with the United States Navy. I am pleased to advise you that I have just received notification from Rear Admiral R. F. Good, Commander of the Service Force, US Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia, which indicates that you are being ordered to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Group at Boston, for humanitarian reasons. I am very happy that I was able to be of some service to you in this respect, and trust that your transfer will be effected in the very near future." In very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall creasing, and scattered soiling. Like Kennedy, Artesani was a Boston native enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He was serving aboard the USS O'Bannon near the Solomon Islands at the same time Kennedy was commanding PT-109 in the area. Kennedy's heroism in rescuing his crew after PT-109 was rammed by a Japanese ship earned him nationwide recognition and later helped to propel his political career.
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