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PC Patrol Craft of WW2 in the Philippine Navy.
PC Patrol Craft of WW2 by William "Bill" Veigele
1st Published 1998 Hard Cover $39.95
2nd Ed. Paper Back $29.95
400 pages; 12 Chapters, Appendices, 33 tables, 170 B&W photos, illustrations and drawings.
Sub Chaser (PC) Plan Drawing
Table of Contents
In an interview with the author, Dr. William "Bill" Veigele at Santa Barbara, CA last Jan. 2004, I found out that "Bill" had served on a PC as a Machinist Mate. "I kept an interest in my ship and after attending our association's 30 year reunion got me more interested to write a book," Veigele said.
I am a member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association, and served on the board of directors at one time.
I wrote some articles in the newsletter the Association publishes twice a year. And people started sending me more stuff collected by them and other shipmates. I also found more information in the National Archives and on the internet," Veigele continued.
"I have wrote two books on Allied Patrol Craft of WW2", the first was "PC Patrol Craft of WW2". "After I had made the draft I received offers from 3 publishers. But I had to conform to what they wanted. One wanted to remove the human interest of the story and keep the technical details, while the other wanted to exclude the technical details and only feature the human interest portions. In the end I decided to publish the book myself. I had experience earlier publishing a book on golf I wrote. "Golf is Like Love" it was something that I did for fun.
2,200 copies of "PC Patrol Craft of WW2" book were printed on the first run and was featured on the "Scholars Bookshelf" . The second printing in soft cover has sold out and will by doing a 3rd printing this year.
As a follow on to the "PC", I wrote a "Seabag of Memories" in 2003. It is a compilation of stories about life on small ships. It is a great companion book to PC. I wrote two books in between, one science fiction and a western.
For my next project I would like to write a novel based on my experience on a Patrol Craft.
Other than being a Retired Naval Reservist I inquired what his title Dr. was.
"I am a Doctor in Physics. My Bachelors was in Math. I just like math. I was interested in it and I liked it!"
On new technology; "My original manuscript I wrote in longhand. Using a typewriter didn't work for me. I got to try a a word processor program on a Personal Computer and haven't gone back since. I do the layout and all the work for the books on the desktop computer.
Asked who he works with in producing his books. Bill replied, "My wife helps me out, as she runs the business side of our two person publishing company."
Astral Publishing Co.
Po.Box 3955, Santa Barbara, CA 931330-3955
After WW2, the first vessels Philippine Navy received from the US several of these 173-foot PCs that were designed primarily for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), convoy escort duty and coastal patrol.
These were PC 1131- PS 22 Bohol; PC1133 - PS 23 Zamboanga del Sur; PC1134- PS 24 Batangas; PC1241 -PS25 Nueva Ecija; PC1563- PS 26 Negros Oriental; PC 1564- PS 27 Capiz
Then Lt Ernesto Abad of the Philippine Navy Reserve served as an engineering officer on two of the PCs. He also served as the OIC overseaing the repair of two PCs that belonged to the Veitnamese Navy while they were in Subic Bay.
HQ-02 (VNN) (Ex PC-1130)
CYCLONE-CLASS PC HISTORYhttp://www.ww2pcsa.org/new.htm
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