Brig. Gen. Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC (Ret.) served in the Marine Corps for thirty-six years, from 1942 to 1978, and is a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He also served the Corps for seventeen years as a civilian, including many years as Director of Marine Corps History and Museums. He is the author of the Korean War novel Dog Company Six, The United States Marines: A History, and Frozen Choisin: U.S. Marines at the Changjin Reservoir, among other publications. He died in May 2007.

Articles by Edwin Simmons

A History of Marine Corps Histories

By Brigadier General Edwin Howard Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
February 2003
The Corps was a century old when one of its own penned the first real history of the Leathernecks. Since then, Marines have never stopped looking back and discussing the ...

The Great War Crucible

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
December 2005
Marines were seemingly miscast in World War I, fighting alongside Army infantrymen in a European land war. The Corps, nevertheless, rose to the challenge, forging a record of triumph on ...

Marines Over the Western Front

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
June 2006
After waging a determined campaign to see action in World War I, the 1st Marine Aviation Force established a tradition of air combat excellence.

Leathernecks at Soissons

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
December 2005
Attacking after a brutal approach march, the 4th Marine Brigade played a key role in the battle that turned the tide of the war on the Western Front.

The Late Great Lou Wilson

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
August 2005
The Marine Corps lost one of its greats on 21 June 2005 with the death of General Louis H. Wilson, the 26th Commandant. He was impressive in many ways, including ...

General Peter Pace: Walking Point

By Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC (Ret.) and Major General Thomas L. Wilkerson, USMC (Ret.)
June 2005
Just getting a seat at the JCS table was difficult for the Marine Corps. Now, President Bush has nominated a Marine as the next chairman.

Marine Corps Operations in Vietnam, 1968

By Edwin H. Simmons, Brigadier General, U. S. Marine Corps
May 1970
Third in a series of accounts, by General Simmons, of the Marine Corps in action in Vietnam, this article picks up the narrative from last year’s Naval Review at Christmas ...

Books by Edwin Simmons