Sea Bag of Memories

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9780964586741: Sea Bag of Memories

When the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, many American men joined the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard. Some became crew members of small ships they called the Donald Duck Navy. These ships guarded America’s coastlines, stalked submarines, and escorted convoys across the oceans. In Europe and in the Pacific they swept mines and also led landing craft to invasion beaches.

Life aboard the ships was crowded and cramped with no privacy. They pitched, yawed, and rolled viciously, decks awash, forecastles, pilot houses, and flying bridges buried under water. They weathered the worst of nature and the enemy, and their crews endured and fought the war as bravely as did other sailors. These young men were a special type, mostly reservists with no previous sea duty. They learned fast and performed all the missions assigned to them.

Like many sailors, they played music, wrote poetry, drew, painted, and crafted items that were original and artistic. It is amazing that they had the mental and physical discipline to do this under cramped and brutal conditions This book is a tribute to them, and it helps to preserve and record some of those original creations.

It was enlightening to learn about the original works of Navy and Coast Guard sailors. This is a great book. – U. S. Coast Guard.

Veigele gives details of life on a small combatant through sailors’ arts and crafts. These ships fought the enemy and the sea and played important parts in winning WWII. This book is a "must read." – Obie Armstrong PC 1204, Past President of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association.

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Bill Veigele enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He went to Boot Camp at the Great Lakes Training Center. Then he attended Diesel Schools at the University of Illinois and the Navy Pier in Chicago. He trained at the Small Craft Training Center in Norfolk and the Submarine Chaser Training Center (SCTC) in Miami. In Portland, Oregon he helped put PC 793 in commission. Veigele served as a MoMM on PC 793 for twenty-two months in the Pacific. After discharge from the Navy he received a commission in the Naval Reserve. Lt. Veigele was Commanding Officer of Research Reserve Co. 9-21 in Denver, Colorado. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1968.

Dr. Veigele earned a B. A. and an M. A. in mathematics and physics from Hofstra College and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Veigele was Vice President pro tem and is a third term member of the Board of Directors of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association.

Review:

As a PCE sailor I relate to this book. A superb book. -- Hugh Webster, EPCER 855, RADM, USN, Ret.

The only book about our art and humor. "Must read."– -- Ted Treadwell, CO, SC 648. Author of The Splinter Fleet

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