Age 52. Born in Evanston, Illinois but grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. Lived in Florida and Georgia before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1980.
Attended the University of North Carolina and Cal State University, Los Angeles receiving degrees in Economics, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems. He is currently employed as a database application developer.
While in the U.S. Army he attended Combat Engineer training and Infantry Officer Candidate School, but discontinued the latter before graduating.
While in Vietnam he served as a finance clerk working with payrolls, which exposed him to people of every walk of life in the army. Soldiers from line units, enlisted men, officers, pilots, blacks, whites, dope smokers, alcoholics, etc. Everyone came to get paid or needed some help with their pay problems. Most would have some story to tell or complaint to make about their own environment.
Combining these things with his own experiences and training, provided him with a rich base of material from which “Woodruff’s Firebase” was written.
In writing this story he attempted to incorporate as many incidents of action and conflict as possible. He tried to connect all points of view from the U.S. side as to what the involvement meant. The objective was to provide an entertaining story with an intense, gripping read that encompassed the complete picture of what it was like to be stati