Robert Tonsetic was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, he entered the Army as an infantry lieutenant. During the Vietnam War, he served as a light infantry company commander & as an advisor to Vietnamese Ranger & Airborne units. He was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star for extraordinary heroism during the 1968 Tet & May Offensives. He retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel. After completing his Doctorate in 1996, he taught at the graduate level at the University of Central Florida. He currently resides on Maryland's eastern shore where he continues to write.