Kent White

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 for Valor.

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.