JFK served under Clark Faulkner at the PT shakedown unit in Miami that Jack was assigned to in the winter and spring of 1944. He had won the Navy Cross for his actions acting Japanese destroyers at Guadalcanal. He recalled his subordinate to another biographer:
Jack came down to the shakedown unit to work for me. He was officially on “limited duty” as far as the PTs were concerned. He spent very little time at the base because he was on limited duty. He was seldom on the base and he didn’t go out on the boats on training missions. To be honest about it, I don’t recall anybody around the base very much. Miami was not a serious time for any of us. We were having a ball. I remember my fiancee and I spent an evening with Jack up in Palm Beach. We went to a place called Colonel Bradley’s. We had dinner. There was a gambling casino there. We couldn’t gamble in uniform and I remember someone loaned us sports jackets to wear. Jack was a very friendly, very affable, but shy kind of guy.
[153, p. 371]