Karl David Zetmeir is a retired US Army officer whose interest in his family’s German genealogy and history began with stories his father told during family trips. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he graduated from North Kansas City High School where his studied the German and history. His military career led him to assignments in Germany, where he began what would be a thirty-year odyssey of researching his family story. He retired after twenty-eight years of active service as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served in various assignments in the United States, Germany, the Mid-East and Africa. These included Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the first US officer assigned to the German Bundeswehr’s psychological operations unit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science: International Politics from Park University, and a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University. His final assignment was as a Special Operations Forces instructor at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Karl met his wife, Manuela during his first overseas assignment to Berlin, and they raised four children together. He currently works for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Leavenworth, Kansas.