|PT Boat 81: Still on WWII Nightmare Patrol||
WWII Veteran Milt Rackham Describes the US Situation as He Entered the Pacific Theater
"The ships carrying our PT Squadron of 12 boats arrived at New Hebrides in the South Pacific War Zone after having been greeted by Japanese fighters even before we reached port. The battle was short lived, however, as the combined fire power of PT-Boats strapped to the decks of the freighters shot the enemy planes out of the air before they even had a chance to make a decent run at the ship.
The overall war situation, however, was still in favor of the Japanese as they continued to push U.S. Forces off the South Pacific Islands one-by one across the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. strategy was to slow the Japanese advances and minimize losses while equipment, supplies, and trained military units were rapidly ramped up. The small, fast, heavily armed PT-Boats were proving to be worth their weight in gold in the South Pacific Islands and were used so heavily that the need for design improvements became critical. "
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PT Boat 81: Still on WWII Nightmare Patrol
Eighty eight year old veteran, Milt Rackham, tells his World War II story in a book that includes descriptions of the PTSD nightmares that still "haunt him in the night". Milt rises above the pain of telling his story in an effort to reach out to others who may be harboring painful unspoken war memories... and to create public awareness of the sacrifice provided by so many to protect America and its values and principles. 172 pages. Price includes shipping and handling.