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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 July, 2003, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
In pictures: Kennedy Island
Kennedy Island (front) sits atop its own reef in the remote Western Province of the Solomon Islands
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John F Kennedy swam to this Solomon Islands atoll when he and his crew were shipwrecked during World War II
Biuku Gasa proudly displays the bronze bust of John F Kennedy presented to him by the Kennedy family
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They were helped by local Biuku Gasa, now 80, who carried a message to an Australian operative in the area
Biuku Gasa (seated R), and his wife Nancy Posa (seated L) sit outside the house built for them by the Kennedy family
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The Kennedy family built a house for Biuku Gasa in recognition of his actions
Tingo Leve (L) and Solo Lamusalanga (R) enjoy a beer at the PT-109 Bar on Ghizo Island
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The story of Kennedy's PT-109 patrol boat made the future president a wartime - and local - hero
Children use an old timber canoe to reach the shores of Kennedy Island
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Nowadays, most visitors to the island are local children
A man uses his teeth to split vines in order to make rope on Kennedy Island
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In some ways life has not changed much - this man is splitting vines to make rope

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