About the Author

Dick Guthrie

After an “Army Brat’s” youth around the world, Dick Guthrie wanted no part of the Army. Intending to put the draft behind him before pursuing a civilian career, he enlisted days after his seventeenth birthday. After two years in the ranks he understood that his calling was service to country. After graduating from West Point, he served in Colorado as an Infantryman, then in Panama as a Green Beret. In the summer of 1967 he reported to Fort Hood, Texas, joining a battalion in final preparations for movement to Vietnam. Gone to Soldiers, Every One begins as – at twenty-seven -- he is put in command of a rifle company of a hundred-eighty men.

Following his combat tour, Guthrie got on with what came next in a soldier’s varied career. By the time it was over, he’d commanded two rifle companies, taught French and Spanish at West Point, served as a battalion Operations Officer in Korea, and commanded an Infantry Battalion in Georgia. In the 1970’s he spent two years in a brain-trust charged with revamping the Army’s vast body of tactical doctrine. In the 1980’s he was back in Europe to attend the French Ecole Supérieure de Guerre, and then on to NATO Headquarters both in the Netherlands and Belgium. His final European assignment was as Chief of the tripartite (American, British, French) Allied Staff in Berlin -- before the Wall came down.

When he took off the uniform in 1991, Guthrie’s soldiering had spanned 34 years -- including most of the Cold War. He had served from the muddy-boots echelon up to the geopolitical level as a Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

Academically he’d earned the High School GED and Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees. Highlights of his military training were the US Army’s Ranger school, the Special Forces Officer’s Course, and the Colombian Army’s Lancero School. He’s been awarded parachute jump wings from the American, Guatemalan and French armies. On Memorial Day each year he proudly pins on the Combat Infantry Badge and seventeen ribbons including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” for valor, and the Air Medal. He has also been decorated by the governments of France, Spain, Brazil, Guatemala, and the Republic of Vietnam.

Following his time in uniform, Guthrie spent five and a half years as an executive in Southern Peru Copper Corporation, the largest company in Peru at the time.

Commanding Company B in Vietnam was the experience that marked him most deeply, and his love for those soldiers is what motivates him to write their story.