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I have been constructing (mostly) coherent English sentences for 47 years.

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John Peterson

I have been a journalist, writer and editor on daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and the United Press International wire service.

I am currently an editor in the public affairs office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago.

I fell in love with war history as soon as I could read. I began endless browsing of the yearbook for my dad’s WW II aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Lexington. Fortunately, it consisted of mostly photographs. My father, a taciturn man, shared no war stories with his son. Didn’t matter. I was hooked.

When I turned 19, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy–much to my mother’s chagrin. War history turned serious when I was 10 and discovered a dusty, thick, multi-volume set of books on WW II.

I read every word.

Amazon knows I like war history. It keeps pushing war books at me and I keep buying them. It’s an addiction.

I fell in love with Jesus Christ when I turned 27. I have gratefully experienced his grace and love every day since through good times of great joy and bad times of despair. It may seem contradictory to follow the gods of war and the Prince of Peace at the same time, but I don’t see any problem. God is sovereign and controls the affairs of people in war and peace.

I live in Mokena, IL, with Janice, my lovely wife of 47 years. We have three grown children and five grandchildren. I am a blessed man.