First Sergeant Charles King was due to return home in four weeks when he was killed by an IED. He left his newborn son a 200 page journal of advice and answers in case he didn't make it back alive. His fiance Dana Canedy, a NY Times editor, writes the story and narrates the Audio and Photo portion. From Father to Son, Last Words to Live By By DANA CANEDY Audio and Photos on the left under Multimedia. Excerpt: He drew pictures of himself with angel wings. He left a set of his dog tags on a nightstand in my Manhattan apartment. He bought a tiny blue sweat suit for our baby to wear home from the hospital. Skip to next paragraph Dana Canedy One of the drawings First Sgt. Charles Monroe King left for his son in a journal. Then he began to write what would become a 200-page journal for our son, in case he did not make it back from the desert in Iraq. For months before my fiancÃ©, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, kissed my swollen stomach and said goodbye, he had been preparing for the beginning of the life we had created and for the end of his own. He boarded a plane in December 2005 with two missions, really â to lead his young soldiers in combat and to prepare our boy for a life without him. Dear son, Charles wrote on the last page of the journal, âI hope this book is somewhat helpful to you. Please forgive me for the poor handwriting and grammar. I tried to finish this book before I was deployed to Iraq. It has to be something special to you. Iâve been writing it in the states, Kuwait and Iraq. The journal will have to speak for Charles now. He was killed Oct. 14 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle in Baghdad. Charles, 48, had been assigned to the Armyâs First Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, based in Fort Hood, Tex. He was a month from completing his tour of duty.