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Bob Steinbrunn

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Bob Steinbrunn   Send Email To Bob Steinbrunn Posted on: Apr 6, 2016 - 8:16am
I've just finished reading MTBSTC by Charles B. Jones and can recommend it highly. Discussions regarding this book have appeared previously on the forum so this is not "new" news for the old timers, but I thought I'd weigh in with a personal opinion for those who may be unfamiliar with this title.

The book is hardcover - no dust jacket - well bound on good quality paper, 336 pages, with generally excellent photographs, many of which I haven't seen before. Published by Nimbus Books, it may seem somewhat spendy, but I found it to be a worthwhile purchase since I wanted to know more about the Melville facility and the training the PT sailors went through.

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The book also had an emotional impact on me since the rise and fall of the base paralleled my own experience with another base. In 1966 I went through the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Ft. Wolters, Texas, where all future Army combat helicopter pilots started their training. It was a thriving base with three main heliports and over 1500 helicopters, all driven by the Vietnam War. At the conclusion of this conflict the base was closed, buildings torn down, and some of it became an industrial park. Visiting the base some 20 years after graduating from it and seeing its present condition compared to my memories brought forth a feeling of pensiveness and loss, a sadness at seeing the desolation and decay. This book brought back those memories and I felt a sense of having shared the closing of MTBSTC, if only vicariously.

An excellent book by a gifted writer.

Cheers!
--Bob

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of 29navy  Posted on: Apr 6, 2016 - 11:39am
Thanks Bob. I appreciate that.

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I had gotten Charlie's book some time ago and find it a valuable tool in my research work with the PT BOATS. Great photos of the base, which I am sure readers will really appreciate. I recommend this book highly..........


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Me too! It is pretty much the authority on Melville. Thanks Charlie for your efforts put into this book. Jerry

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Will Day

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A great effort, Charlie and a valuable reference source during the past years....


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  TED WALTHER

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Bob;
Agreed, Al and John Lambert, Victor, Charlie, Frank, and Al Lawrence Jr's books are the "Heavy Weights" of PT Boat books in recent years. All large books that represent the years and amount of research each of the authors did.
Only At Close Quarters and Knights of the Sea have more information than these books.
Take care,
TED


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Ted:
Thanks very much for your kind words regarding the contribution that my Deadly PT Boat Patrols book (A history of T.G. 50.1 and MTB Div 17) makes among "the Heavy Weights of PT Boat books" and for your recognition of the time and effort expended on research and production.
Best regards,
Al Lawrence


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