John F. Kennedy’s WWII letters sell at auction

     Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, (right), and his PT 109 crew are shown somewhere in the South Pacific, July 1943. (AP Photo)

    Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, (right), and his PT 109 crew are shown somewhere in the South Pacific, July 1943. (AP Photo)

    A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate has sold for $200,000 at an auction.

    RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday, during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that also saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy’s younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate.

    The letters from John Kennedy were to the family of Harold Marney, who was killed in 1943 when the PT-109 boat Kennedy commanded was destroyed by the Japanese. Kennedy, who became a war hero for saving crew members, sent condolences to Marney’s parents, calling his death a great loss.

    The letters Robert Kennedy wrote were sent to Peter MacLellan from 1941 and 1945. They fetched $31, 250.

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