Peter L. Belmonte retired after serving twenty years in the US Air Force, first enlisted and then as an officer. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he holds a master's degree in history from California State University, Stanislaus, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Purdue University. He has written and published in the fields of immigration and military history and is a member of the Company of Military Historians. His first book, Italian Americans in World War II, was published in 2001. He currently works for the Department of Defense and lives with his wife and children in Illinois.

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