'Journal for Jordan' author visits Pentagon
Dana Canedy signs a copy of her best seller, "A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor" for Col. Rivers Johnson as her son, Jordan looks on. A New York Times senior editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Canedy visited the Pentagon Feb. 18 where she was guest speaker at an African-American History Month Observance Ceremony hosted by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren. Canedy wrote the tribute based on a 200-page journal her fiancé 1st Sgt. Charles Munroe King wrote from Iraq for their yet to be born son. In the journal King records his thoughts, feelings, emotions and guidance to unborn son Jordan, then mails the journal to Canedy for fear something might happen to him before the end of his tour. King does come home mid-tour for two weeks leave and continues to fill the journal for Jordan before returning to Iraq. On Oct. 14, 2006, a month before King was slated to return home, he and two of his Soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated under his Humvee near Baghdad. Son Jordan was six months old.

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