In the film, PT 109 is Navy gray in color, but the real boat was actually painted dark green when JFK commanded her - to camouflage it when moored along the bushes of the shoreline during daylight. See more
Although it is true that African-American sailors served as mess stewards and stevedores during the war, this did not necessarily exclude these sailors from assignment to a gun crew during general quarters aboard ship or ashore, or manning the guns when the assigned crew were killed or wounded. In those days, all sailors, regardless of rate, received basic gunnery training in boot camp. See more
You might as well face it, Commander. The 109's gone.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie
Just a minute, you! You think I worry too much about those boats, don't you? No, but that's what you're thinking, and so are a lot of other people around here. Well, let me tell you something, mister - I worry about those boats, yes, and for one reason. Those boats have a deck on them, and men stand on those decks. That's why I won't give up the 109. She had men on her deck. I don't want the deck back, I want the men that were standing on it...