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SPEAKER'S BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. D. Clayton James has had a. long and distinguished career as a military historian and educator. He earned a BA at Rhodes College a BD degree at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in history at the University of Texas in Austin. Subsequently, he served on the faculty of the Louisiana State, Mankato State and Mississippi State Universities. Dr James has taught at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Army War College, and the Army Command and General Staff College. He currently holds the John Eiggs Chair cf Military History at Virginia Military Institute. His publications include the seminal three-volume series, The Years of MacArthur, another three books, and several hundred bock chapters, articles, abstracts, and book reviews. At present, Dr. James is preparino a work entitled Command and Crisis in Korea: Command Decisions in the War, 1950-1953. His publications have earned him the Harry S. Truman Award and nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and the Parkman Prize.

Dr. Edward J. Marolda completed a BA degree in history at Pennsylvania Military College in 1967. Following service with the Army in Vietnam, he took an MA at Georgetown University and a Ph.D in American history at the George Washington University. Dr. Marolda currently heads the Naval Historical Center's Contemporary History Branch, which focuses on the U.S. Navy's post-World War experience. He has published A Short History of the United States Navy and the Southeast Asian Conflict 1950-1975, Carrier Operations for Bantam, and From Military Assistance to Combat 1959-1965, Vol. II in the series, The United States Navy and the Vietnam Conflict. He is now preparing Volume IV.

William T. Y'Blood, following graduation from the University of Oregon in 1959, flew E-47 bombers for the Air Force Strategic Air Command. On retirement from the Air Force in 1966 and for the next seventeen years, Mr. Y'Blood piloted DC-9 and 727 airliners far Continental Air Lines. He logged over 11,000 hours of flying time during his career. Since 1966, he has published numerous articles, reviews, and books, including Red Sun Setting, Hunter-Killer, and Little Giants, all of which treat World War II subjects. Presently employed by the Air Force Office of History, he is editing the war diaries of General George E. Stratemeyer, USAF.

Benis M. Frank also has combined scholarship and active military service. As a Marine, he took part in the Peleliu and Okinawa operations of World War II and in Korean War actions. Mr. Frank earned a BA in history from the University of Connecticut in 1949 and then completed graduate work in international relations at Clark University. Since 1961, he has served with the Marine Corps Historical Center, where he currently heads the Oral History Program. His publications include Victory and Occupation, in the official World War II series, A Brief History of the Third Marines, U.S. Marines In Lebanon. 1982-1984, Okinawa: Touchstone to Victory, Halsey, and The Great Island Battle.


24 February 2003