“This is my story, and I’m sticking with it … ” is typed in 12-point Arial text across the top of Burl Kirkland’s seven-page memoir.

Kirkland served 30 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space program before retiring for two weeks and finding employment with the McDonnell-Douglas Corp. for another seven-and-a-half years. He was the fourth member added to the Apollo section at NASA.

Jess Huff’s email address is jess.huff@lufkindailynews.com.

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