Col. French L. MacLean, United States Army (Ret.), was born in Peoria, Illinois, graduating from West Point in 1974 with a commission in the infantry. Serving four tours of duty in Germany, he commanded two companies and a battalion; attended the School for Advanced Military Studies; fought as the operations officer in the 5th Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait; served as inspector general of the US Army in Europe; deployed with the Fifth Corps as historian during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003; and was a course director and professor at the National War College in Washington, DC. He often can be found traveling to solve a new mystery at

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