Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), serves as chief historian on the exhibit design team for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He has published six books, including Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa (Naval Institute Press, 1995), and helped produce 25 military history documentaries for cable television, including a 2001 feature on Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge for the History Channel.
Edwin C. Bearss is Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and a popular battlefield tour guide. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War (Random House, 2006), Smithsonian's Great Battles & Battlefields of the Civil War: A Definitive Guide (William Morrow, 1997), and Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo (Louisiana State University Press, 1966).
Edward J. Drea, chief of the Research and Analysis Division at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C., is a recipient of the Society for Military History's Samuel Eliot Morison Award for lifetime achievement. He is the author of Japan's Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 2009).
Captain Dale Dye, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), is the "command element" of his company, Warriors Inc., a worldwide film production support enterprise specializing in the military. He served 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to master sergeant, with two tours in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. He later completed OCS and served in Beirut as a captain in 1982-83.
Richard B. Frank, a Vietnam veteran, is the author of the award-winning book Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle (Random House, 1990), as well as Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (Random House, 1999) and MacArthur (2006), part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. A consultant for the HBO miniseries The Pacific, he is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asian-Pacific war.
Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Greeley Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), was military editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology and senior editor at the Naval Institute's magazines, Proceedings and Naval History. He edited The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea's World War II (Texas A&M University Press, 2008).
Colonel Jon T. Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), is chief of the Contemporary Studies Branch, U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is the author of Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC (Random House, 2001) and Once a Legend: 'Red Mike' Edson of the Marine Raiders (Presidio Press, 1994).
Henry Sledge lives with his wife and son and their three dogs in Hoover, Alabama. He is a son of the late Eugene B. Sledge.