Born in California, Kent White first
became interested in writing during his first year of college when he enrolled in
a writing class. When his father, a career U.S. Army officer, was assigned to a new
duty station in Tokyo, Japan, he accompanied his family to Japan. He studied at Sophia
University, an English language school in Tokyo, once again taking a writing class.
After a semester at Sophia, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966.
During Basic Training in California, he volunteered for the Army�s Airborne School
in Georgia. After completion of the arduous three week course and receiving his parachute
wings, he volunteered to attend the elite Special Forces school in North Carolina,
becoming a specialist in domestic and foreign weapons. In the spring of 1968, he
was sent to the Republic of Vietnam, where he was assigned to the covert Studies
and Observation Group, or SOG, a top secret reconnaissance unit that infiltrated
small teams of Special Forces and indigenous mercenaries across the border into enemy
denied territory in Cambodia, Laos and, North Vietnam. It was during one of these
missions in Laos that he was wounded, receiving a Purple heart and a Bronze Star
After he was discharged in 1969, he returned to college, again enrolling in creative
writing courses. Later, he took film courses at Brooks Institute of Photography in
Santa Barbara, and went on to work for an independent film company near Monterey,
California. While now self-employed as a General Contractor in California, he continues
to work in films. He recently acted as an Associate Producer on BEYOND BARBED WIRE,
a feature length documentary film that chronicles the experiences of American soldiers
of Japanese descent who fought in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
Kent White is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Special Forces
Association, and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.