'Wide Place in the Road'
WWII vet pens his fifth war book
- Duration 3:48
- Date Jun 17, 2012
WWII vet pens his fifth war book
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Highlights artist and author World War II veteran Richard Kirkland has written his get the -- this one is his first fictional novel.
It's not all make believe -- it's actually based on a true story and a lot story of the greatest generation off there and veteran Richard Kirkland.
Joins us now so I think you for coming in today wolf thank you -- invited me it's my pleasure to be here -- so this is your first fiction book it sounds like a wonderful story what's at all about.
-- thank you it is -- first fiction book and it's it's basically about.
It's a love story.
And notes benched -- starts in during the great depression and in World War -- And that it begins -- with a group of young people.
And the small area and then to actually mountains of California.
There are all teenagers they grow up with their trials and tribulations and whatever and and then.
Majority of them themselves and doing all kinds of exciting things as teenagers.
-- of course the voice -- they do the board things until they discovered girls and then of course that changes everything.
Sold than we have many romantic entanglements.
The protagonists of Jesse Roscoe.
He is sure that -- in -- with the you know bare footed.
Mountain girl -- But the beautiful.
-- daughter all soul he's looking at pretty heavily -- You did you not sure.
That all goes on until.
Of course until world war breaks out -- and then that that changes everything.
And -- of what that support one of these of this of the book -- to.
Is about World War II.
We and that's about what happens to these young people in World War II where they -- and what happens to for example.
The blue mountain girl if you but Jesse thinks he's a -- with a becomes a -- the recorder and an aircraft -- The other the -- the -- the pretty girl.
The -- daughter she becomes a lost.
In the -- of a pilot.
Himself is sent to he joins the army air corps and sent to.
The you know South Pacific.
And becomes a fighter pilot and assigned to the flying nights the famous flying -- fighter squadron.
That was the squadron that I served to her in World War II so.
His experiences as a fighter pilot.
And and and his life and then in the jungles of New Guinea where -- within the -- was stationed at that time is the real McCoy sources speak.
Jesse excels of course naturally and in toward the middle longer.
To get his battle he comes back the states to get his battle and he -- -- Maria the little -- girl and -- And emotions sizzle but he knows that.
That that -- Maria's is true wealth and he promises to come home to our.
He goes back to use his -- unit and and -- and unfortunately -- shot down and they and they.
Isolated section of a New Guinea jungle and have.
And unfortunately we're at a time.
-- that's a good clipping or you've given people a good tease because it's a fascinating book and and they'll have to see what happens to that downed pilot and so much of this experience.
Because you're a fighter pilot yourself yes I just that is the real McCoy and you can share your experiences through this fictional account a great love story as well yes and -- I think he's so much for your service to our country thank you -- for this great new block and happy -- things well well thank you very much thanks for permanent.