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Patrick K. O'Donnell

Patrick K. O'Donnell is an independent historian and the author of 13 books on American military history, with topics ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Battle of Fallujah. Notable works include Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat, We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah, Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution, and The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.

O’Donnell served as a combat historian in a Marine rifle platoon during the Battle of Fallujah and is a professional speaker on America’s conflicts, espionage, and special operations. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks’ award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, Discovery, and others. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the William E. Colby Award and the OSS Society’s John Waller Award. 

Articles by this Author

John Glover and the men of Marblehead saved the Continental Army several times, and then helped it cross the Delaware to victory at Trenton and Princeton.