About Me

portrait by EstherI have a rich background in Naval History. I began collecting small scale ship models while still in high school.
At its’ peak, the collection numbered over 6000 ship models and over 3000 aircraft, all in scale 1:1200.
I served as a Naval Reserve officer in the Vietnam War, earning a Naval Achievement Medal for my performance of duty in USS Okinawa.
After leaving the navy I began writing answers to questions posed by members of the International Naval Research Organization
They appeared in the “Ask Infoser” column of the organization’s quarterly “Warship International”.
My contributions to dozens of answers led to the writing of full length articles on Naval History for the Polish magazine “Okrety Wojenne” (Warships).
I also wrote some items that appeared on-line in various places;

“Midget Submarines at Guadalcanal” (https://www.navalhistory.org/2019/10/22/midget-submariness-at-guadalcanal)

“Heroes in Camouflage” (https://www.navalhistory.org/2019/01/10/heroes-in-camouflage)
“Israeli MTB action off Port Said July 1967” (http://www.btinternet.com/~david.manley/naval/Bulldogs/israeli.html).  Now in my blog.
“A Brief Pictorial History of Submarine Camouflage” (http://www.navsource.org/archive/08/08492.htm).

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in History and a minor in Mathematics.
I regard both subjects as tools. The former is the most important tool for social sciences, and the latter for physical sciences.
I am a golden life member of the US Naval Institute and a past commander of Jerusalem Post 180 of the Jewish War Veterans.
My biography is on record at the Cambridge Biographical Center and appeared in the Marquis edition of “Who’s Who in the World” in 1998, 2001, and 2009.
The Jerusalem Post weekend magazine featured my model collection in an edition several years ago and my life story in another edition in 2016.

My book, The Easter Egg Fleet (ISBN), is the story of American ship camouflage in the First World War and the artists who created them.
The story is combined with a reference for camouflage patterns actually used and which ships are known to have been painted with which patterns.