I witnessed Ted having a flashback and all the Hollywood machinations and my own imagination hadn't prepared me for the experience. As he sat at his table (the toughest guy I ever met), he was in the mountains of North Korea and he was freezing. Tears rolled down his cheeks and he spoke in an altered state.
His wife said as she looked back over their years, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) their whole life together. But that it just wasn't something recognized by the military until recent times and still is hard to sort out and treat. PTSD was formerly referred to as shell shocked. The care often fell to the wife, who probably hadn't had much training to cope.
Ted maintained his dignity to the end. His wife made damn sure of it.
Ellen Leahy is the editor of the Skaneateles Press.