Rockies announcer honors Dad with new WWII novel

KUSA - Jack Corrigan has one of the most distinctive voices in radio sportscasting today. Corrigan's talents go far beyond the broadcast booth. The man best known for his Rockies play-by-play is also an author.

On 9NEWS 8 a.m. Corrigan talked about his new book "Night of Destiny: 24 December 1944. The novel tells the story of a World War II medic whose courage and deep faith are tested while trying to save two soldiers during the sinking of the S.S. Leopoldville, an Allied troop ship.

After a German submarine torpedoes the S.S. Leopoldville, two American soldiers and a Nazi U-boat sailor find themselves clinging to life on a makeshift raft in a storm in the English Channel, heading out to open sea. Two of them are severely wounded. Surgical tech sergeant Dan Gibbons can't swim. The character is based on Corrigan's late father, the Honorable Judge John V. Corrigan who shared his World War II experiences with his family during the last year of his life.

Corrigan says it took more than five years to finish the book, which he calls a labor of love. Corrigan wrote "Night of Destiny" with his father's ok, but also with the mandate that the book be a work of fiction, not a biography.

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