J. Charles (John) Cheek was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. John’s great grandfather migrated to Arkansas from Georgia in 1870. John was ten years old when his family moved to the State of Washington. He was an enlisted man in the Army Security Agency and participated in the Korean War. He held the rank of Sergeant when discharged in 1955. His novel STAY SAFE, BUDDY is based on his experiences during the Korean War. He was in a section of the Army Security Agency that monitored the front line voice communications of the enemy. It was called LLVI, the army lingo for Low Level Voice Intercept. He was on bunker duty in the combat area during the final three months of the war.