(1920–2001) was the author of more than 30 works of military history as well as
, a collection of short stories, and
Lord, What a Family!
, a memoir.
Raised in Rutherford, New Jersey, he started writing professionally at age 16,
covering sports for the
Bergen Evening Record
of Hackensack, New Jersey. Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, going on to serve as a machine gunner
and as an intelligence scout and participating in all 1st Marine Division campaigns except
Okinawa. He was awarded five battle stars, the Naval Commendation
Medal with Combat V, and the Purple Heart.
Helmet for My Pillow
was his first book; it received the USMC
Combat Correspondents Association Award upon publication.