John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

BOSTON (AP) — 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.