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Marc Leepson


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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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Author and journalist with more than 35 years' experience.


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New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribute, New York Newsday, the Arizona Republic, St. Petersburg Times, Detroit News. Magazines: Smithsonian, Preservation, The VVA Veteran, Vietnam, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Military History, World War II. Editor: The Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War


BA, 1967, George Washington University, History MA, 1971, George Washington University, European History

Awards and Honors

Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award, 2011

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Vietnam Veterans of America

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2017-01-17 Vietnam war query:

Mark,    Happy to shed some light on this.     Yes, the U.S. sent the Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) in to Vietnam early in the war. In fact, the first SF troops, first SF troops, twelve members

2017-01-11 Operation Valkyrie- World War II:

While I don't consider myself an expert on World War II history, I have written about the war and taught it at community college and have a few thoughts about the plot.     I believe that it was unsuccessful


You would need to look at your father's unit's records, which should be in the National Archives in College Park, Md. You might also want to get his military personnel records, at the National Archives

2016-12-07 identifying WWII Army unit:

It looks like he was with Battery B of the 283rd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer).     Those types of unit records are in the National Archives in College Park, Md. You can search the records

2016-11-16 Dad's Military Information:

You would need the Bronze Star citation that went along with the medal. The document here, what's now known as the DD-214, doesn't have it. It should be in his personnel file. As next of kin, you can get


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