A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette
Author: Mark M. Trapp
Publisher: System D Publishing
Release Date: August 27, 2019
“I want to live now more than I ever did in my life but not from the selfish standpoint. This war has taught me many things and now I want to live to do whatever good is possible. But if I am killed anytime in the war I will not be afraid to die, and you may know that I will die like a man should, feeling that it is the greatest death that a man can die.” – Kiffin Rockwell
During the first two and a half years of World War I, the example of Kiffin Rockwell and other idealistic American boys fighting for France shone like a beacon across the Atlantic Ocean, summoning America to take its rightful part in the ongoing struggle for civilization. Intent on paying what they saw as their debt to Lafayette, who had played such a key role in America’s fight for independence more than a century earlier, Kiffin and a handful of other like-minded young men ignored President Wilson’s declared neutrality and came together in France, first in the trenches as simple volunteer soldiers and then in the skies as part of an all-American squadron of the world’s first fighter pilots.
The noble deeds and unbelievable courage of these boys drew the attention of the world and helped galvanize their countrymen to action. Eventually, more than a million U.S. soldiers would cross the Atlantic to help save France. All of them followed in the footsteps of Kiffin Rockwell.
Played out against the almost unfathomable carnage of the war, the sinking of the Lusitania and the presidential election of 1916, this book sheds new light on the unforgettable true account of Kiffin Rockwell and the “boys who remembered Lafayette.”
Mark M. Trapp is a lawyer in Chicago. This is his first book.
Kiffin Rockwell didn't have to go to war; he chose to. He fought for his ideals, for adventure, and for the chance to prove himself. He succeeded. A military aviation pioneer and a heroic pilot during World War One, he finally has the thoughtful and richly detailed biography that his short but full life deserves.
--Marc Wortman, author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power