I've never met Brigadier General Edwin Simmons. But in preparing this issue of Naval History , I've sure gotten to know him. General Simmons' extensive Marine service record includes fighting on Guam, landing at Inchon, and commanding the 9th Marine Regiment in Vietnam. But he is more than just a warrior. He has served as editor of the Marine Corps Gazette and most notably as director of Marine Corps History and Museums. His books include the classic United States Marines: A History .