Miami police officer David Yuzuk befriends a tiny homeless man and after 15 years of friendship the man, Richard J. Flaherty finally reveals who
Miami police officer David Yuzuk befriends a tiny homeless man and after 15 years of friendship the man, Richard J. Flaherty finally reveals who he really is. Yuzuk learns that this unassuming 69-year-old man was the smallest soldier to ever serve in the U.S. military. Flaherty’s military records reveal that he rose to the rank of a Special Forces Green Beret Captain and was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 2 Purple Hearts for his actions in Vietnam.
Flaherty warns Yuzuk not to dig to deep into his life story and states, ͞because it would be bad for your career and dangerous to my health.͟ Despite the warnings Yuzuk locates and contacts a retired federal agent that worked undercover with Flaherty in the 1980’s. The agent advises Yuzuk that everything Flaherty told him is true. Six hours later Yuzuk is informed that Flaherty was just killed by a hit and run driver.
Yuzuk is now compelled to go on a quest to learn everything about his friend’s mysterious life and death. As Yuzuk goes deeper into the rabbit hole of Richard Flaherty’s life the truth starts becoming stranger than fiction. In one final twist to this already incredible story Yuzuk finds Flaherty’s passport and it reveals that in the time that he was living as a homeless man he was also secretly traveling to dangerous locations around the world; Amman Jordan, Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, and Puerto La Cruz Venezuela.