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Dan Cragg (born September 6, 1939) is an American science-fiction author.

Dan Cragg
Born (1939-09-06) September 6, 1939 (age 80)
Rochester, New York, United States
OccupationSoldier, Author


Cragg was born in Rochester, NY, the son of James Wilson and Gertrude (née Finucane) Cragg, and was married to Sun P. (née Yi) (Seoul, Korea, March 28, 1974). They have one child, a son, named Tam Le, who was a Marine then a police officer, Prince George's County, MD; two grandchildren, Thomas and Heather. Mrs. Cragg died on April 14, 2009 after a lingering illness.[1][2]

Military careerEdit

Served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1980, retiring with the rank of Sergeant Major. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1962–63 and 1965-69 as well as tours of duty in Germany, Italy, and South Korea. From 1985-2003, worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC as a management analyst; member, Fairfax County History Commission, 1997–2003; auxiliary police officer, Fairfax County PD, 1996-2002.

During his tour of duty in the US Army received, among other awards the Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal, with eleven campaign stars.

Writing careerEdit

Cragg writes both military-related fiction and non-fiction.


Journalism: OpEd pieces, "The Washington Times," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Army Times," "Army Magazine," and many other journals; over 100 book reviews for "The Washington Times" newspaper.

As editorEdit

as D. J. CRAGG

  • Francis Grose, The Mirror's File: Advice to the Officers of the British Army, with a Biographical Sketch of the Life and a Bibliography of the Works of Captain Francis Grose, F.S.A., Owlswick, 1978 (also wrote introduction).
  • Guardians of the Republic (A History of the non-commissioned officer corps of the U.S. Army), Random House (New York City), 1992.
  • Operation Thirty-Four Alpha (history of U.S.-controlled commando operations in North Vietnam), Ballantine, 1992.


  • The Soldier's Prize (novel), Ballantine (New York City), 1986.

Science fictionEdit

The StarFist Saga (with David Sherman)Edit

The StarFirst: Force Recon Saga (with David Sherman)Edit

  • Backshot, (2005)
  • PointBlank, 2006
  • Recoil, 2008

Novels not part of a seriesEdit


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