Joseph W. DiLeonardo graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1965 and was commissioned at the same time as a Reserve Officer in the United States Army. In 1968 the author graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a Juris Doctor degree. He commenced active duty in 1968 completing infantry and intelligence training before being ordered to Vietnam in May 1969. He was assigned Chief Order of Battle Section for the 635th MID of the Americal Division. In June 1970 he was returned to the United States having been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with first Oak Leaf; the Army Commendation medal and two Gallantry Crosses from the Republic of Vietnam. The author practiced law in California and now resides in Colorado near Denver. He has been married to his Wife, Sharon since 1979 and they have one child Christina. The author is active in Veterans groups and in politics.