|PT Boat 81: Still on WWII Nightmare Patrol||
WWII Veteran Milt Rackham describes the peace of the Pacific Ocean just prior to entering the South Pacific Theater
"On our trip from Seattle to join the war in the south pacific.... I spent my entire trip on deck of the carrier ship... camped next to PT-81 and sleeping in the unbelievably beautiful Pacific Ocean moonlight.
This farm boy from Idaho had seen the wonders of a rising moon during the weeks and weeks with first sheep on the range one year, and then cattle the next, but he was unprepared for the moonlight over the Pacific Ocean. It was so bright that you could play cards and even read on deck at night. The first light of the moon peeping over the horizon was breathless to watch as it welled up and then spilled over the horizon and blazed a trail across the dark sea to our ship. The rising moonlight that followed continued to ripple gently across the quiet Pacific water and etched images into my memory that would last forever. It was like molten, gently rippling glass on the water. Indescribable. The wonders of God's handiwork were all about us.
We were in the calm, peaceful eye of a hurricane called WWII that raged just over the horizon in the South Pacific. "
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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.