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W. R. Baker
After graduating first in the first Intelligence (Order of Battle) Analyst class course in 1971, he was assigned to the 571st Military Intelligence Detachment/525th Military Intelligence Group in Da Nang, Vietnam, and was present at the time of the Easter Offensive of 1972. Further assignments after Vietnam included positions as a Forward Area 24-hour Watch analyst, Electronic Order of Battle analyst for Syria, Lebanon, and the eastern littoral of Africa, Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War, and Poland during the Crisis at the European Defense Analysis Center/HQ, USEUCOM. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, Joint Service, and Army Commendation Medals.
With a BS in Government from the University of Maryland and an MS from the University of Dayton, Bob also worked in industry and education. He has written several articles on the Easter Offensive of 1972, intelligence, and Vietnam for the Military Intelligence Bulletin/Marine Corps Intelligence Summary, American Intelligence Journal, Vietnam Magazine, and the Small Wars Journal.
(Also wrote about the Easter Offensive of 1972 for the VVFH Yellow Book: Indochina in the Year of the Rat – 1972.))
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Dr. J. Keith Saliba
J. Keith Saliba is an associate professor of journalism at Jacksonville (Fla.) University. He is the author of "Death in the Highlands: The Siege of Special Forces Camp Plei Me," which tells the October 1965 story of a handful of American Special Forces troopers and their Montagnard allies pushed to the brink at a remote outpost in Vietnam's Western Highlands. As a vastly superior North Vietnamese force tightened its grip on the tiny camp, the life-and-death struggle would ultimately usher in the first major clashes between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, culminating in the brutal Ia Drang Valley battles a few weeks later. Published by Stackpole Books, "Death in the Highlands" hits bookshelves September 15, 2020.
He is also the author of A ‘Psychological Victory’: How News Media Framing and Confirmation Bias Helped Create One of the Most Enduring Myths about the 1968 Tet Offensive. (in Indochina in the Year of the Monkey - 1968, Radix Press, 2018)
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Rich Botkin served as a Marine Corps infantry officer from 1980-1995 on active and reserve duty. He wrote his book in effort to assist in setting the historical record straight. Realizing that few people read, he made a movie, based on the book, to further attempt to right the historical wrongs. He is currently writing a book about fighting sex trafficking among the stateless ethnic Vietnamese population in Cambodia.
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James D. McLeroy
James D. McLeroy has a BA degree in literature and an MA degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1965 he voluntarily enlisted in the Army with a double draft-deferment for age and occupation. After completing Basic and enlisted Infantry courses, he completed the Infantry Officer Candidate, Airborne, Ranger, and Jumpmaster courses at Fort Benning, GA; the Special Forces Officers course and SF Vietnam Pre-Mission course at Fort Bragg, NC; and the Jungle Warfare course in Panama. In 1967, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group at Ha Thanh SF camp in Quang Ngai Province, I Corps, Vietnam. In 1968, he volunteered for SOG, received a top-secret clearance, and was assigned to Op 35 at FOB 4 and Kham Duc SF camp in Quang Tin Province, I Corps.
In his later civilian career, he was an international corporate executive in Chicago, an international commercial banker in Latin America, and an international financial consultant in Miami. He is now retired in a suburb of Phoenix, AZ.
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Mark Moyar (born May 12, 1971) is the William P. Harris Chair of Military History at Hillsdale College. Previously he was the Director of the Office for Civilian-Military Cooperation at the US Agency for International Development. Before that he served as the Director of the Project on Military and Diplomatic History at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has been a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the Hoover Institution Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict.
Moyar holds a B.A. summa cum laude in history from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. While a student at Harvard, he wrote for the conservative student newspaper The Harvard Salient. He also played saxophone in the Harvard Jazz Band with legendary saxophonist Joshua Redman.
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