Born and raised in the 'Red Hook' area of Brooklyn, New York, Louis A. Cavagnaro was reared in a rather tough neighborhood.
With the onset of World War II he enlisted, ultimately becoming a professional marine and served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In 1975 he received his discharge from the United States Marine Corps.
The only position Louis qualified for was in Law Enforcement. Because he was unwilling to carry a gun he became a security guard in a mall (with no firearm).
A Marine Major whom he knew, convinced him to apply for a position as a Federal Police Officer. After attending the Federal Law Enforcement Academy at Glynco, Georgia, he was assigned to the San Francisco Field Office and a year later transferred to the Los Angeles Field Office. There, under special assignment he became part of the 'Special Operations Response Team' (SORT) and rendezvoused at Fort Smith Arkansas.
In most unusual circumstances he was also sworn in as a Deputy United States Marshal and Immigration Officers as members of the Cuban-Haitian Task Force. This was in response to a concentration of criminal elements mixed with law abiding Cuban refugees arriving at our shores. The criminal elements were brought under control.
Upon receiving several citations for his work, Louis approached the United States Secret Service. Several months later and following an intense investigation he attended training at Beltsville, Maryland. Successfully completing that program, he was sworn in as a Special Officer/Security Agent.
During the performance of his duties with the Secret Service, Mr. Cavagnaro participated in the protection of several presidents and former presidents along with various heads of state for foreign governments. He retired from the Secret Service in February 1992.
It was in the Secret Service while consulting with Doctor John Long, the suggestion was made that Louis should start writing Dark Sunrise WW II (The Islands).