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Son of a Basque

After the sudden death of his father, young Mark Vergara, the oldest son of immigrant parents, was thrust into the role of principal breadwinner, working hard in the beet fields of Colorado to support his family. After joining the Army Air Corps and flying dozens of combat missions, he bore the physical and emotional scars of his time in the service, yet he was satisfied he had fulfilled his father’s final wish that he do right by his family.

From World War II to the Vietnam War, this tale of a military man who was also a devoted family man is based on the author’s own experiences as a proud son of immigrant parents, a distinguished soldier, a loving husband and father, and a loyal friend.


“A charming narrative of an immigrant son’s journey from impoverished childhood through a colorful military career. The eventful tale is distinguished by the protagonist’s Basque heritage, proud and never far beneath the surface.”
—M. Bryce Ternet, author of The Basque Dilemma


“Though offered as fiction, this terrific, moving, and thoroughly engaging book shares an important piece of history that I hadn’t yet discovered and gave me a new perspective on the immigrant experience. I loved it.”
—Gigi Levangie, New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including The Starter Wife and Maneater