From the Author
Late last year a friendforwarded to me (electronically) an article from the Harvard Gazette. It was an intriguing piece about a newplaque being unveiled at Memorial Church at Harvard. My friend knew that I,being both a Harvard grad (Class of '68) and a Vietnam Veteran, would beinterested in the subject matter of the piece. It was about Harvard alumni whohad been awarded the Medal of Honor, including a Vietnam Vet. My friend wasright. I was very interested, especially since I was, at that moment, rushingto put the finishing touches on a book that I had been writing about Vietnam. It took a couple of weeks before I had a moment to spare butonce I had a chance to do a little research, I discovered that this was afascinating group of individuals. I also found out, as did the group seeking tohonor Harvard's Medal of Honor recipients, that the total was not just the ten menthey had initially uncovered but seventeen! The recipients had served in virtually everyconflict since the Medal had been authorized (1861--during the early stages ofthe Civil War). Who were these men? What did we really know about them? Idecided to find out more, beginning my research with the story of the Medal ofHonor itself.Therecord of incredible bravery and personal sacrifice of the individuals who haveearned the Medal is a glowing testament to the patriotism that characterizesthe American spirit. Recipients have come from every corner of America, allwalks of life and every uniformed service (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Forceand Coast Guard). Asmight be expected, a number of Medal of Honor awardees have had professionalmilitary training, including graduates of three of the service academies.Eighty-three alumni of West Point have been awarded the Medal of Honor;seventy-three have come from the Naval Academy; and one from the Air ForceAcademy (The Air Force did not have a separate service academy until 1959).Many other institutions of higher learning have graduates who have received theMedal but it turns out that Harvard's total of seventeen recipients is thelongest list other than those from West Point and Annapolis. This remarkablerecord of "Crimson Valor" is the subject of this book.
About the Author
Phil has a degree in History from Harvard and has doneMasters work at the Naval War Collegeand Long Island University. After graduation fromHarvard Phil went directly into the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. Duringthree tours in Vietnam Phil served with distinction and was awarded, amongother decorations, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation andthe Navy Commendation Medal. After his wartime service he rose to the rank ofCaptain in the Naval Reserves. As a business executive he worked for twoFortune 500 firms holding several senior positions in sales and marketing. Hewas also a COO and CEO for several technology firms specializing in the salesand marketing of high-end software products. In 1999 Phil was selected for theExecutive in Residence Program at Long Island University'sBusiness Division and for the next six years taught both undergraduate andgraduate courses in business at LIU, Southampton. In 2007 Phil accepted anassignment to teach at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence.Phil is a columnist for the SouthamptonPress
, a magazine feature writer, has published two fictional novels, anda non-fiction book for St. Martin's Press. He is working on two othermanuscripts and serves on the Board of the Long Island Authors Group. He is alicensed Coast Guard Captain and lives in Southampton, NY with his partnerLaura and son Pierce.