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Author Event With David Rocco
May 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Author, photographer and historian David Rocco of Yorktown will present a PowerPoint picture
program based on his book—The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero
“Captain Dixie”. “Captain Dixie” was Commodore Dixie Kiefer of Blackfoot, Idaho, a much decorated pioneering pilot who was seriously wounded in several naval battles in the Pacific,
yet carried on to lead and inspire his men. According to Mr. Rocco’s book, when the Secretary
of the Navy, James Forrestal, awarded Kiefer the Medal of Valor, he proclaimed the battle scarred Commodore to be “The Indestructible Man.” Who knew that just five months later,
Dixie Kiefer and his five crew mates would tragically encounter Beacon, New York —James
In his informative and inspiring program, Mr. Rocco will tell the true tale of how no one could
have foreseen the end to Captain Dixie’s heroic story on that foggy morning of November 11,
1945—at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, on 1100-foot Mount Beacon—as his
aircraft slammed into the northwestern slope of the landmark mountain overlooking the
Hudson River. He will also point out what the public can see at the crash site today.
After his talk, Mr. Rocco’s book, which he co-authored with award-winning writer Don Keith,
will be available for sale and signing.
- David Rocco