A Last Gift: Father Finishes Book After Son’s Death

by Gloria Hillard

Courtesy of Darrell Griffin Sr. Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed in March 2007 in Iraq by a sniper.

“It’s been more than four years since Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed while serving in Iraq. When he died, he had been collaborating with his father on a book about the war.

The book is titled Last Journey, A Father and Son in Wartime. It is a compilation of hundreds of emails, letters — and his son’s journal.

“This is where he started his journal: ‘I am attempting to create an account of two tours of combat in Iraq as an infantryman. I’m trying to make sense of a world that I’d never known until the first time I had to kill a man.'”


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