About the Author
Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1943, more inclined to throw a four-seam rock than study, Gary Prisk’s kindergarten teacher was spot-on when she wrote the following on the back of his report card.
“Would you please start Gary for school earlier so he won’t be tardy so often.”
Moving to Bremerton, Washington, a Navy blue-jacket town where his father went to school, Gary played baseball and tennis, worked in construction, and graduated high school with less than average grades, extremely high scores on the SAT’s, and no plan.
Memories of Sunday dinners, his father’s den, and a clatter of colorful bits of advice led Gary to war armored with an irreverent black humor—that and little regard for authority.
The sudden death of his father allowed instants of sudden hatred which the author used to hone his leadership skills.
Rejecting the Army’s call to return to Vietnam, the author resigned his regular army commission and returned to the University of Washington earning a second engineering degree, an MBA, and being accepted into the doctoral studies program in finance.
The author suspended his doctoral studies in finance after his thesis committee rejected his proposals.
The author returned to working in construction after he realized he spent most of each day expecting to be ambushed. Working outside he could better check his perimeter and laugh while he played double or quit with his sanity.
Excerpts from his combat officer efficiency report say it best:
“Although the youngest company commander in the brigade in terms of experience and time in service, he achieved superior results. His company consistently led all rifle companies in the battalion in the number of enemy killed while suffering the fewest casualties.”
“His leadership ability is outstanding. Captain Prisk is more respected and esteemed by his men than any other company commander in the battalion. His men would literally follow him into hell if he asked them to.”
“Captain Prisk has the unique ability of quickly sizing up a combat situation and bringing the maximum amount of combat power upon the enemy at the decisive time and location. He is absolutely fearless under fire and sets an outstanding example of coolness and courage for his men.”