Myrl Thompson

Myrl Thompson (or “Grandpa Myrl”) spent his boyhood summers with his German immigrant grandparents on the banks of Ryan Creek in western Michigan. As he played in those wetlands by the hour, he came to love the bullfrogs, lily pads, and even horseflies that made the creek their home.


A mechanical engineer and amateur author/illustrator, Grandpa Myrl wrote “Skinny Little Frog” in 1972 to encourage his own children to eat. Now his children, fully grown, share this family treasure with you. Other books by Mr. Thompson include “Willy and Wilma Whiner”, PT Boat 81: Still on Nightmare Patrol”, and “The Last 100 Years: Stories of Life on the Farm”.

Myrl Thompson, author of  “PT Boat 81:  Still on WWII Nightmare Patrol”

• “Climbing Memory Mountain”

• “Farm Life: The Last 100 Years”

Children’s books 

• “Skinny Little Frog”

• “Willy and Wilma Whiner”

• “Santa Clause at the Dance”. 

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Myrl Thompson


Published Books

Release Date October 3, 2023

New PT Boat front Cover

PT Boat 81: Still on Nightmare Patrol

World War II Navy Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Milt Rackham, chronicles the years he spent peering down the sights of a PT boat’s big guns during World War II.  These stories, along with others of ground action he experienced, offer a unique glimpse into a hell that those who have never known combat can scarcely imagine;  moments when life and death collide, separated only by capricious fate, the trajectory of a bullet, a shard of shrapnel.

These are not easy stories to tell. It’s only now, more than three quarters of a century later, that Rackham can bring himself to talk about them at all.

While working on the project, his co-author Myrl Thompson discovered that Rackham had applied for VA benefits several times beginning in 1972, and been repeatedly denied due to a “lack of information”.   He had stopped trying when he discovered that his military records were lost in a fire at the National Personnel Record Center in St. Louis MO in 1973. 

As a result of writing this book, Milt found the courage to make one last request and finally ended up receiving a partial monthly benefit at the age of 86.

Rackham’s riveting book  is a rare, open, sometimes disturbing chronicle of terror and personal triumph.  It provides us with poignant insight into the ongoing impact of war on our veterans and their families.

Michael Taylor, The Daily News



Skinny Little Frog

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Writers Publishing House (December 10, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 42 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1648733344
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1648733345

Skinny Little Frog refuses to eat flies because he is sure he won’t like them. And he has an even bigger problem than that to solve.  Will he hide under his lily pad, or will he find courage in his little heart to try?

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