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Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A tribute to the “great conversation” between a father and his son, an Iraq staff sergeant who died in combat.

Staff Sergeant Darrell “Skip” Griffin, Jr. was killed in action on
March 21, 2007, during his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was awarded
the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor for dragging a comrade
to safety through enemy gunfire. He was also in the middle
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Atlas (first published June 1st 2009)
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Darrell Griffin
Jul 04, 2009 Darrell Griffin rated it it was amazing
My Son, SSG Darrell R. Griffin, Jr was killed in combat on March 21, 2007. At the time of his death he and I were working on a book that would reconcile our readings in philosophy with the combat experiences he was having as a Stryker Commander in Iraq. We were not able to finish the book because of his death. A few months after his death I was allowed to embed for a number of days with his combat unit in Baghdad to complete the necessary research to finish our book. The book is entitled “Last J ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
Heartfelt, eloquent, intimate. Truly a labor of love from a father to/for a son. I had some of the same conversations with my son via email, phone, and IM during the same time period in Iraq-but nothing as eloquent or philosophical as those here. This book is not a book about war but a book about love: love of country, family, and comrades in arms. I'll be driving up the 405 to visit Skip. It's the least I can do to honor him as I add him to my personal pantheon of heroes and friends who made th ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
Last Journey is the true story of an American family, the family of American Hero Darrell “Skip” Griffin, Jr. The book is written by father and son with excerpts from emails, blog entries, phone calls, and interviews. Darrell Sr.’s heart is bared to us as he finishes his son’s words, and journey, sharing the meaning and value of Skip’s life, a life that was freely given up in service to America for the cause of liberty throughout the world.

In a thread from my Goodreads friend Melinda, the meani
Jan 08, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
What wonderful legacy of a book. A father and son who wanted to write a book together about the son's time in the army during Iraqi Freedom. The son was killed in Iraq and his father finished the book alone, to honor his son. My heart hurts for this family and others like them who have sacrificed the ultimate price, and this book expresses that sacrifice so well.
Mar 17, 2011 CK rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: my-son-jeff
Everyone should try to read this book, not for it's literary qualities, but for it's attempt at honesty. we have a responsibility to know the consequences of warfare. Our country is so naive compared to much of the world. The realities of war are not pretty and no one is entirely innocent or entirely guilty with the exception of the children. I admire the father and the son for their efforts to find sanity through philosophical analysis. I appreciate their willingness to give us frank descriptio ...more
Heidi Schutt
Jun 07, 2010 Heidi Schutt rated it really liked it
I don't like war - or death - or the fact that we are in Iraq. However, all politics aside, this is a well thought-out piece of writing. At first, I was thrown for a loop switching back and forth between the father's words, the son's journal entries, emails from many people, and then comments/conversations about the emails and journal entries. But then I realized - communication through reflection - internal and external - is how we participate in the "Great Conversation." If the book had been w ...more
Sep 25, 2009 Subha rated it it was amazing
The media is biased and sugar coats alot of things especially with the U.S involvement in Iraq. I felt that this book was the only honest portrayal I have ever gotten of war and the toll that it has on the human soul. Darrell Griffin shares his personal experience as a soldier fighting on the U.S. side but also shares his heart wrenching experience with the Iraqi people. I strongly suggest this book to everyone.
Feb 14, 2010 Jesse rated it it was amazing
An amazing look into one soldier's psychology while at war and how his death impacts his family. Book unfolds using a combination of narrative (written by the soldier's father) and communication (in the form of emails and letters) from the soldier to his relatives and vice-versa. Essential reading for those non-combatants looking for a window into what it means to go to war.
Dan Reed
Oct 02, 2009 Dan Reed rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book. No matter what your views on the war in Iraq, this is an extremely well-written and thoughtful account.
Great book. Enjoyed the discussion regarding the war.
Sep 16, 2009 Dirk rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the BEST books I've ever read. An incredible heart wrenching story written by a father after the death of his son in Iraq. The story is pieced to together from the son's journals, notes, emails, and phone calls home over 3 tours. A MUST READ FOR ANY AMERICAN PATRIOT!
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