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.



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