During the Desert War, the USS Saratoga was anchored in the port of Haifa Israel. The ship was too big to dock at the pier so ferry boats were used to carry sailors and marines to and from liberty.
On the stormy night of December 21 of 1990 the powers that be allowed one last ferry boat to return to the ship from the pier carrying approximately 100 men on board. That last ferry boat never made it. I was a hospital corpsman on duty when I heard the man down call over the P.A. system.
When I got to the aft end of the ship and down on to the platform, I heard men screaming for their lives. I was the first medical responder along with several other ship's personnel. I had to perform CPR on my best friends and some who I'd just talked to hours prior to the accident. I had to watch those sailors die right in my care. This accident could have been prevented.
I along with several others are suffering from PTSD now. I still see them in my dreams. This is my true story of that horrible night and the repercussions afterward.
About Thomas Valentine (Henderson, Nevada Author)
I'm from Detroit Michigan but now living in Henderson, Nevada. I was honorably discharged Navy veteran. I was a hospital corpsman and served in Desert Shield/Storm. I didn't begin my writing career until later in life. I currently have four books published with the last book being my most personal and intimate. I attended First Valley State College in Fort Valley, Georgia for a few years and that's when I joined the military because money was scarce for me. I'm happily married to Mia, my longtime girlfriend and we have 5 children between us.
All of my books are usually between 50, 000 and 60,000 words. The reason being is that I keep my reader's interest on a high and they don't become bored or intimidated by a very thick book. When you read my stories be ready to be taken up very quickly and then you're off on a ride that you'll always remember and you can feel.