About the Author
Douglas Xinnard graduated from West Point in the D-Day Class of 1944 and served in combat 1n World War II (Europe), the Korean War, and twice in the Vietnam war - the latter time as a Brigadier General. He retired in 1970 to pursue an academic career. After receiving the Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1973, he became a professor of political science at the University of Vermont. While there he took a leave of absence to serve as the Army's first civilian Chief of Military History. After becoming Emeritus at Vermont he became a Visiting Professor at a number ot universities and war colleges. President Clinton appointed Kinnard as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission. That position included participation in plann1ng and supervising the funding and construction of the World War II Memorial located on the Washington Mall. This is his eighth book.