General Patton’s Promise

Originally published in 2009 with Straylight (University of Wisconsin, Parkside), General Patton’s Promise is a short story set on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Seventeen-year-old Kyle Blanchard must face up to the scandal his father has caused. His father, Colonel Kyle Ray Blanchard III, is unhappy with his son’s doubts about applying to West Point. The Blanchard men have all had outstanding military careers. Will young Kyle stand up for himself or bow to the pressures of his father’s position and influence?