New Book about Merchant Mariners

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by jamzmom, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. jamzmom

    jamzmom Founding Member

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    That should be an interesting book. My great uncle, who survived 3 ship sinkings as a Norwegian Merchant Mariner during the war, went back to sea a few years after the war and sailed until around 1980- he had nightmares pretty much every night until he died in 1991. When my Dad and Uncle both went to Ft Schuyler (NY Maritime) in the 50's - he definitely tried to dissuade them from doing so. The guys sailing these ships had a tough life during the War and for a long time weren't recognized for their efforts.
     
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    "[H]e had nightmares pretty much every night until he died in 1991."

    Oh, that poor man! How tragic to have suffered so long from PTSD!

    My uncle barely nicked the war years at KP - he was in the class of '48 (started in '45, it was only a three year program then). He's thrilled that his greatjnephew is planning on being a Kings Pointer!
     

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