31 May 2017
Companion book: “Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”
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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