Robert L. Allen is adjunct professor (emeritus) of African-American studies and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Story of the Largest Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History (Warner Books, 1989; Heyday, 2006) and Honoring Sergeant Carter: Redeeming a Black World War II Hero’s Legacy (Armistead, 2003), cowritten with Allene G. Carter. He is on the board of Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial.
Robert E. Cray is professor of history at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He is the author of Lovewell’s Fight: War, Death, and Memory in Borderland New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). His articles have also appeared in the William & Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, and Slavery & Abolition.
William S. Dudley is the former director of both the Naval Historical Center (the present-day Naval History and Heritage Command) and Naval History for the Chief of Naval Operations (1995–2004). He is the author of Maritime Maryland: A History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and coauthor of Seas, Lakes and Bay: The Naval War of 1812 (U.S. Naval Academy, 2013).
David Sears, a New Jersey–based military historian and former U.S. Navy destroyer officer, is the author of four books, including Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan (2011) and Such Men as These: The Story of Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies Over Korea (2010), both published by Da Capo.
William H. Thiesen is the Atlantic-area historian for the U.S. Coast Guard. Previously he served as curator and assistant director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. His books include Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design and Construction, 1820–1920 (2006) and Cruise of the Dashing Wave: Rounding Cape Horn in 1860 (2010), both published by University Press of Florida.