John C. Loving was born in West Point Va. in 1945. Upon graduating from the University of Richmond in 1967, he received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in economics and an ROTC Commission in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. After a distinguishing performance as Company Commander of a Mechanized Infantry Company at Fort Hood Texas, he was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1969 and sent to Vietnam where he assumed command of a six man Mobile Advisory Team advising South Vietnamese combat troops in remote parts of Tay Ninh Province.
With minimal direction from his superiors, he led his small team with distinction in the face of intense pressure from the enemy and considerable incompetence and apathy from his counterpart Vietnamese officers. Despite these obstacles, he prevailed and was decorated three times by the South Vietnamese Government for valor, and the US Army awarded him the Silver Star for gallantry in combat. His first book, Combat Advisor; How America Won the War and Lost the Peace in Vietnam, has been hailed as a riveting tale of one soldier's experiences as well as a revealing account of the successes and failures of the US advisory effort during the Vietnam War. This book is currently being used by the US Army in the training of Combat Advisors for Iraq.
After the war, he returned to the University of Richmond, earned a Master of Commerce Dgree, and served in the Army Reserves where he achieved the rank of Captain. In 1971 he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where he has enjoyed a successful career as a real estate developer and author.
John's latest book, A Soldier's Faith; Spiritual Lessons from the Battlefield, is a unique blend of real combat action and spiritual revelation born on the battlefield. This inspiring book also explores related issues of just war philosophy, effective leadership, and courage, while describing the author's personal lifetime faith journey.