Roger Barr is the author of nine books, including America’s Wars: The Vietnam War (Lucent Books, 1991), The Treasure Hunt (Medallion Press, 1992), and biographies of Richard Nixon and Malcolm X for young adult readers. He is currently editing a collection of World War II–era memoirs. He is the son of Pittsburgh crew member Shipfitter Third Class Russell Barr and respectfully dedicates his article to everyone who served on board the Pittsburgh from 1944 to 1956.
Megan Eckstein is a staff writer for USNI News (http://news.usni.org). She previously covered Congress and the Pentagon for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface Navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy. She began her career covering the military at the Frederick (Maryland) News-Post, where she wrote about personnel and family issues, medical research, local reserve and National Guard units, and more. She is a 2009 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park.