Lieutenant Colonel George S. Converse (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) graduated with a BA in English from Montana State University in 1968, the same year he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. During his 28-year career as an infantry officer, he served in all four Marine divisions; at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.; at the Marine Corps Combat Development and Education Command at Quantico, Virginia; and in combat tours in Vietnam and Lebanon. He resides in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler (U.S. Navy, Ret.) is a former gunner’s mate second class who served in patrol craft, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. His published works include A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy (Naval Institute Press, 2005); The Battle of Leyte Gulf (Harper Collins, 1994); and Brown Water, Black Berets: Coastal & Riverine Warfare in Vietnam (Naval Institute Press, 1988). He most recently received the Naval Historical Foundation’s Commodore Dudley W. Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award.
John J. Domagalski is the author of Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109 (Casemate, 2014); Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U.S.S. Helena and the Incredible Story of her Survivors in World War II (Potomac, 2012); and Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors and in Official Reports (McFarland, 2010). His articles have also appeared in World War II History and World War II Quarterly.
Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn (U.S. Navy, Ret.) served for 38 years in the Navy. A naval aviator and carrier pilot, he flew combat missions over North Vietnam as the CO of the Blue Diamonds of VA-146, an A-4C Skyhawk squadron. He later commanded Carrier Air Wing 7, the USS Saratoga (CV-60), a carrier group, the Naval Safety Center, the Naval Military Personnel Command, the worldwide forces of the Naval Reserve, and Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Carl LaVO is a frequent contributor to Naval History and the author of four nonfiction books concerning submarine warfare for the Naval Institute Press, including Slade Cutter: Submarine Warrior (2003) and The Galloping Ghost: The Extraordinary Life of Submarine Legend Eugene Fluckey (2011). He recently retired as a managing editor of the Calkins Media chain in the Philadelphia suburbs and lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Lieutenant Commander Krystyn Pecora (U.S. Coast Guard) is currently the external affairs afficer for the Fifth Coast Guard District. A permanent cutterman, she has served on board the Coast Guard cutters Sitkinak (WPB-1329), Bertholf (WMSL-750), and Sherman (WHEC-720). She is a 2004 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy for civil engineering and earned her MA in media and communications studies from Florida State University in 2013.
Bruce Petty graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history in 1972. He has written numerous articles for magazines such as Inside History, WWII History, and Naval History. He is the author of Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War (McFarland, 2009) as well as three other books about World War II, the latest being New Zealand in the Pacific War (McFarland, 2008). He lives in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Alan Rems, a retired certified public accountant, has been a regular contributor to Naval History since his article titled “Halsey Knows the Straight Story” appeared in the August 2008 issue and earned him selection as the magazine’s Author of the Year. He is the author of South Pacific Cauldron: World War II’s Great Forgotten Battlegrounds (Naval Institute Press, 2014).