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CHARLESTON, S.C.(Feb. 23)--William E. Butterworth III, widely known for his illustrious books of military realism and adventure under the pen name, W.E.B. Griffin, will address the Corps of Cadets as a Greater Issues Speaker at 1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 3, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel's campus. The address is free and the public is invited to attend.

     Butterworth has published more than one hundred books, which have been translated into all the major languages of the world. His most recent book, "The Murderers," was published in Jan. 1995. At this time, he has had 21 consecutive books on the NY Times Best Seller List.

     Butterworth, most known for his serial books, "The Brotherhood of War," "Badge of Honor" and "The Corps," always provides an excellent narrative of mingling fact and fiction of the U.S. military. Popular author, Tom Clancy says, "W.E.B. Griffin is a story teller in the grand tradition, and is probably the best man around for describing the military community."

     A native of Newark, N.J., Butterworth enlisted in the Army at age 16, after his expulsion from the Newark Preparatory School in 1946. He received counterintelligence training and was assigned to the Army of Occupation of Germany, where he served under the command of Maj. Gen. I.D. White, commanding general of the U.S. Constabulary.

     Upon his relief from active duty, Butterworth became a political science student at Philip's University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany.

     Butterworth was later recalled to the Army during the Korean War, serving again under the command of Lt. Gen. White, who commanded the U.S. X Corps. Upon returning to the United States, Butterworth was discharged at Fort Knox, Ky. Butterwort'Us several years in the U.S. Army, provided him first- hand knowledge for many of his books.

     He then accepted an appointment as the technical information officer of The U.S. Army Signal Aviation Activity at Fort Rucker, Ala. He resigned from his civil service appointment in 1962 to become the senior writer at U.S. Army Aviation Center, where it was reported in his final efficiency evaluation that he was "the principal author of FM 1-1, Army Aviation Operations." In 1987, Butterworth was awarded the status of "Charter Member" of the Army Aviation Branch by the chief of Army Aviation.

     Also in 1987, Butterworth received an honorary degree of doctor of literature from Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college. He was inducted into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association in 1988.

     The Citadel's Greater Issues Series provides an opportunity for many of the nation's leaders address to the Corps of Cadets concerning national and international issues that are shaping the United States and the world. The series was inaugurated by Gen. Mark Clark in 1954 and has since brought an impressive group of distinguished speakers to The Citadel's campus, including Presidents of the United States, American and foreign dignitaries, scholars, important military figures, business leaders and many others.


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