Shell shocked US Marine Theodore James Miller, 1944

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US Marine Private Theodore James Miller, pictured after returning from two days of heavy battle on the Marshall Islands beaches. February, 1944.

His “thousand yard stare” suggests a case of post traumatic stress (PTSD).

The thousand-yard stare is a phrase used to describe the blank, emotionless and hopeless gaze of certain trauma victims, or people struggling with mental health issues.

Sadly, Private Miller was killed just a few weeks after this photograph was taken, during the invasion of Ebon Atoll on March 24th 1944 – shortly after his 19th birthday.

Book suggestion ⤵️

📖 The Courage to Remember: PTSD – From Trauma to Triumph (Lester I. Tenney, 2014)

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