Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime

Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime

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The wartime reflections of a staff sergeant killed in Iraq are memorialized by his father in this harrowing true story.

Staff Sergeant Darrell "Skip" Griffin Jr. was killed in action on March 21, 2007, during his second tour of duty in Iraq. Prior to his death, Skip was writing a book tentatively titled The Great Conversation, an attempt to rationalize the destruction he had seen in Iraq. His father, Darrell Griffin Sr., was going to help him finish writing it when Skip returned home in July. After losing his son, Darrell Sr. vowed to finish the book himself and traveled to Iraq, witnessing the war close up and meeting his son's comrades. Last Journey is their shared account of everyday life for soldiers in Iraq; it is also an intimate portrait of a lost son, a meditation on faith, and a tribute to the lively philosophical debates in which the Griffins used to engage.

Passionate and inspiring, Last Journey serves as a tragic reminder of the human cost of war. 32 color photographs