21 June 2017

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

This week in 1944, the PC 552 lost an anchor in the Great Gale of 1944 at Normandy. The ship was forced to run before the gale to survive. Ships were tossed around like matchsticks. What did you do this week?

The Germans knew the Allies required a major port so they placed their defenses around the ports. The Allies circumvented this by bringing Mulberries, portable ports. The Great Gale destroyed one Mulberry.

The navy quit listing the date and place of enlistment on the ship’s roster at some point. Because of this change, we lack this information for the following sailors who joined the ship in 1945:

Last Name First Name Serial Number
Blankenship Vernon (n) 9358706
Dolan John Joseph 8087644
Huling Paul T. 2762851
Kielty James Harold 2240816
Lindsay Richard (n) 2247365
Hicks Hinson Richard 8312119

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 the date and place of enlistment for these men.

Please review the book at:

Amazon: https://goo.gl/sIwaQO

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Goodreads: https://goo.gl/ggZRwS

 

You may contact me directly at: uss.pc.552@gmail.com

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