Author(s): Dana Canedy
In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a 200-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from Iraq. King, forty-eight, was killed on 14 October, 2006. His son, Jordan, was six months old, and they had spent only two weeks together. A Journal for Jordan is a father's letter to the son he will never see again. In it he gives his boy advice on everything from how to withstand disappointment to how to behave on a date, and his very personal and wrenching accounts of losing men in battle. It is also a mother's search for answers. Why did King volunteer for the mission that killed him? Why was it such a struggle to accept this man she deeply loved as he was? A Journal for Jordan is a tender introduction, a loving goodbye, and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.
DANA CANEDY is assistant national news editor for the NEW YORK TIMES. In 2001, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Raised near Fort Knox, she now lives with her son Jordan in New York City.