Dixie Kiefer was a World War II hero: As executive officer of the USS Yorktown, and commander of the USS Ticonderoga, he never asked his men to do more than what he’d be willing to do. Leading major battles while seriously injured seemed to be his modus operandi. In The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero ‘Captain Dixie,’ authors Don Keith and Hopewell Junction resident David Rocco strive to do justice to this man among men, who met an untimely death — strangely enough, on Veterans Day, 1945 — with five Navy companions in an airplane crash on the peaks of Mount Beacon, 10 years after two other servicemen lost their lives in an airplane crash on the other side of the peak. Interesting facts and anecdotes flesh out the life and times of this heroic officer.
230 pgs, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, July 2017, $15 (paperback)