Lt. Robert Morrison Patterson, a Marine Aviator, showed extraordinary courage at Guadalcanal in 1942 when he took a dive bomber up alone on a suicide mission. When on leave, he met Mary Jean Waldref in Laguna Beach, California. He instantly fell in love with her, but she was seeing several other men and was hesitant about commitment, not sure about this aggressive pilot who might be recalled to duty at any time, off to somewhere in the war-torn Pacific. The war kept them apart, but he could not get her out of his mind. Finally, the war was over and he came home. He took Mary Jean out dancing, dining, and on picnics, but she still insisted on seeing other mean. The Korean War broke out and he was assigned a dangerous combat mission. Would he survive and see Mary Jean again?
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About the Author
A pharmacist licensed in three states, Harvey Mendez lives with his wife, Ann in Southern California. He has co-authored a screenplay and has six short stories, two essays, one poem, and had six novels published. His novel, AMELIA, is a best seller and placed fourth in a national contest and was a finalist in the EPPIE 2003 contest. THE BEAR AND THE BULL won first place as a short story in 1986. He belongs to the Lagunita Writers Group in Laguna Beach, California and the Cherokee Village Writers Guild in Arkansas.