Smithsonian to get JFK's cane
A former U.S. Navy colleague of John F. Kennedy is donating a cane used by the former president during World War II to the National Museum of American History.
Retired Lt. Cmdr. Ted Robinson of the U.S. Navy Reserve is donating the cane to the Smithsonian museum's political history division at a ceremony Wednesday in Washington.
Robinson was aboard a vessle that picked up Kennedy and 10 surviving crew members after their PT-109 was rammed by a Japanese destroyer in 1943. Shortly after, Kennedy and Robinson were tent mates on the South Pacific island of Tulagi where Kennedy recovered from his injuries.
Robinson has held onto the cane ever since Kennedy used it at Tulagi during his recovery. He eventually wrote a book about his encounter with the future president.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| April 21, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Tags: History, John F. Kennedy, Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109, Pacific War, Tulagi, United States, United States Navy, World War II
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