ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born in Long Beach, California, in 1945, when my father was still serving overseas with the U.S. Navy.
I grew up in California, and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves at Alameda Naval Air Station in 1962, while still in high school. After graduation from high school, I served two years aboard USS Yorktown, CVS-10, as an aviation ordenancman, and am a Vietnam War veteran.
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a degree in history in 1972. In 1995, along with my wife and children, I moved to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, returning to California in 2000.
While on Saipan, I researched and wrote my first book, “Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War.” Since then I have written two other books on WWII in the Pacific, “Voices From the Pacific War: Bluejackets Remember,” and “At War in the Pacific: Personal Accounts of World War II Navy and Marine Corps Officers.”
After living for two years in Saudi Arabia, where my wife—a pediatrician—worked at a new rehabilitation hospital, we moved to New Plymouth, New Zealand, where we now reside.
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