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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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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

2016-11-07 WWII era hat and medallion? Needing help:

Can't say I recognize it, although I can say with near certainty that it's not an American military award or medal or unit insignia. Nor does the cap look like it comes from an American military uniform

2016-10-22 Ship names:

Glad you received the DD-214. And you did the correct thing by asking for the ship's records. If you leave near the Washington, D.C. area, you might think about going to the Archives at College Park, Md

2016-10-21 Ship names:

If you hadn't mentioned the National Archives, that's what I would have suggested.     You've requested his DD-214 from the Military Personnel Records section, correct? It should have his ships on there

2016-10-12 uniform indentification:

Wish I could help you, but I have no expertise whatsoever on Italian uniforms or military history. My field is U.S. History.    You may want to try contacting the Italian Embassy in D.C. and see if they


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