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Life during wartime

  • Featuring: Doug Rickerson & Nancy Rickerson
  • Date Submitted: Apr 6, 2021
  • Location: Washington

Doug Rickerson tells his daughter Nancy Rickerson, about enlisting in the Marines at the end of WWII and serving on domestic short patrol, and later being called to active duty for the Korean War. It was in Korea where Doug kept warm with dangerous fires inside his tent, fled enemy attacks, and witnessed the horrors of napalm. His ability to talk about his experiences staved off severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A warm public reception upon his return, and later a trip to Washington, D.C., through the Puget Sound Honor Flight organization, were helpful balms. Edit credit: Alison Jacques