From: Mass. USA. now in OHIO
When I was dating my wife, way back in the late, late eighties I met her Uncle Jack. She warned me that his hand always shook, ever since he came back from WW2. I asked what he did and her reply was "He was in the navy."
WW2 was kind off topic, since another Uncle I learned died at Normandy (not true, but that is another story).
Anyhow, I met him at a Picnic and he was wearing a muscleman t-shirt showing off a very colorful Princeton tattoo as we shook hands and were introduced to each other. Now, I had played Grigsby first game, and AH Victory in the Pacific prior, and was a terrific nerd and knew darn well what happened to that unlucky ship which I proceeded to mention:
"That your ship?" says I, not the smartest thing.
"Yep" says Uncle Jack
"She sunk" I smoothly quipped.
"You don't need to tell me, I was on her."
Well, we were friends till he passed, and he told me the entire horror story of that day. In the water, his buddies dead...He told me that everyone had forgotten the Princeton, and that I was the first young(!) person that knew her.
Not true among this community.
Back in the 90's I was a manager for a RadioShack in NJ. One day an older gentlemen came in wearing a USS Indianapolis cap. I asked him about the het and he said he was one of the lucky ones. After we talked for a while he told me he still has nightmares about the sinking. One thing that I also read about was that PTSD was not recognised in WW2 vets for a long time. I salute all who have served. GP
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