Lt. Donald McVickar

31 May 2017

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Lt. Donald McVickar was the first commanding officer of the PC 552. He boarded the ship on 29 July 1942 and was transferred 28 Nov 1942, just four months later. It is he who commanded the ship on its shakedown cruise and during its first attack on a suspected German U-boat.

I suspect he went on to command the destroyer escort USS Eisner (above) and attend Harvard after the war but I don’t really know. What I do know is that I was unable to find out what his rank was when he left the PC 552.

This information can be found at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), I Archives Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63138. If you visit this facility, you may request this information. Please make sure to note this is for nonprofit historical research. Please help these sailors be remembered.

We need his rank upon leaving the ship.

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The People

24 May 2017

“Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”

People 20170524The PC 552’s complement was four officers and 55 men but 196 men and 24 officers officially served on the PC-552 over its life. The activity of the men was listed on the Muster Roll of the Crew. A lot of work went into identifying all the men. We looked for information such as where they came from and when they entered the navy. All of these men have been enshrined in the book in Appendices A, B, and C.

We did not get complete information for 16 men and 3 officers. The information is at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) St. Louis, Missouri but I am afraid I exhausted their patience. If you request this information, please make sure to note this is for nonprofit historical research. You may have to visit NPRC. Please help these sailors be remembered.

One interesting person is Lt. K(arnig) Mooshian, who was the ship’s first Executive Officer. The name is Armenian yet here is a man who was integrated enough into the American culture in about 1910 to be an American navy officer. There is an interesting story here but I don’t know what it is. I hope some of you find out.

We need his hometown and rank upon leaving the ship.

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The Officers and Crew of the USS PC 552 Want to Know What You Think of Their Story

17 May 2017Crew_of_the_USS_PC-552

“Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”

A number of books have been bought and I thank you on behalf of the officers and crew of the PC 552.  Tell us what you think about their story. So far, the most appreciated chapter has been the chapter of the personal experiences of D-day. Some readers said it gave chills up their spines.

Another dominant point was that many today don’t know about D-day and its significance. They would appreciate a chapter before the D-day chapter which explains the reasons for D-day, the battle plan, and where the PC 552 fit into all of this.

Perhaps in a year or two, I will write another expanded version incorporating the suggestions I receive but no promises. This has cost a lot of money and has been a lot of work. Of course, it will be partly a function of how well this book is appreciated.

In the meantime, the crew and I would like your reviews. You may give customer reviews at the following links:

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The World War II Roundtable

10 May 2017

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I was requested to speak about the USS PC 552 at the World War II Roundtable. The discussion covered the ship and its crew as well as expanded on how the navy in general was deployed.

The room was packed and the audience was appreciative. I was not looking for this but I enjoyed sharing the story.

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The American Legion Supports the Book

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“Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity” available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

We all know the American Legion. The legion does good work. The Legion is now promoting the book and the link to the Legion’s site is: 

http://www.legiontown.org/ownwords/4057/normandy-fathers-ship-and-sons-curiosity

Thank you, brothers!

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