V. A. (Victor Albert) Herbert, born in Springfield, MA, August 4, 1928, attended public schools and graduated Boston University (BS in BA) in 1950, and the University of Akron (MBA) in 1970.
A life-long amateur historian who has lived and traveled extensively in southern states during his 35 year association with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the Upjohn Company and the U. S. Air Force, Mr. Herbert’s library of 2300 books include many novels and non-fictionalized accounts of the civil war.
A veteran of the Korean War (61st Fighter Squadron), Mr. Herbert’s additional duty assignment as the squadron’s Public Information Officer, followed his tenure as a speech writer for the Commanding General of the Air Training Command, in Illinois.
He has served the nation as an Air Force officer (1950 - 1954), his state (Ohio), as the Assistant Director of Commerce (1972 - 1974), his county (Summit), as one of three at-large County Commissioners (1967-1972), and his city (Akron), as one of three Councilman-At-Large (1964 - 1966).
Currently retired, Mr. Herbert and his wife, Shirley, have spent summers in Ohio and winters in Florida since 2000.
Their son, Paul N. Herbert, has researched and written Civil War articles for the Washington Times and other weekly newspapers in Virginia for several years.