illiam Gardner Bell was inducted into the Army in August 1941, was commissioned through the officer candidate course at the Cavalry School in 1943, and served as a platoon leader, company commander, and battalion staff officer with the 350th Infantry Regiment in the World War II Italian campaign and on the regimental staff during the occupation of Venezia Giulia. He was associate editor of the Cavalry Journal from 1947 to 1950 and editor of Armor Magazine from 1950 to 1953. From 1956 to his retirement from military service in 1962 he was a historian in the Office of the Chief of Military History. From 1963 to 1984 he was a historian in the U.S. Army Center of Military History, where for a dozen years he prepared the Annual Report of the Secretary of the Army and the annual Department of the Army Historical Summary. As staff specialist on the frontier army, he wrote the Indian wars chapter of the Army’s historical volume American Military History. Mr. Bell is the author of Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits and Biographical Sketches (1982), The 350th Infantry in Occupation (1947), The Snake: A Noble and Various River (1969), John Gregory Bourke: A Soldier-Scientist on the Frontier (1978), Quarters One: The United States Army Chief of Staff’s Residence (1981), and Will James: The Life and Works of a Lone Cowboy (1987).
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