This is ALLEN D. BOYER's fifth book. His longtime day job was senior appellate counsel at the New York Stock Exchange Enforcement Division. He lives on the North Shore of Staten Island.

ROCKY BOYER, on whose diary this book draws, was born in 1919 on a farm in Indiana. He kept the diary while serving with the 5th Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines. He taught at the University of Mississippi, training a generation of teachers and tirelessly supporting the public schools. He died in 2008.