"William E. Butterworth III (W.E.B. Griffin) was born on November 10, 1929, in Newark, N.J. to William Edmund and Gladys (Schnable) Butterworth. He served in the U.S. Army, 1946-1947, 1951-1953 and as a combat correspondent in Korea. He is married with three grown children and lives in Fairhope, Alabama. He's written under the pseudonyms of W.E.B. Griffin, Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walker E. Blake, James McM. Douglas, Eden Hughes, Edmund O. Scholefield and Patrick J. Williams. Honors: Alabama Library Association, Alabama Author's Award, 1982. He was awarded honorary and/or life memberships in the Special Operations Association, Marine Combat Correspondents, and Marine Raider Association. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction by Norwich University and addressed the cadets at West Point. He has been invested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and is a member of Gaston-Lee Post #5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars. ""Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he how much he enjoyed reading my books,"" says Griffin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 after schooling at various public and private schools. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany where he was ultimately assigned to the staff of then Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.
During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty, interrupting his education at Philips University in Marburg an der Lahn in Germany, and again served under General I.D. White, both at Fort Knox and in Korea, earning the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and serving as a combat information officer and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer.
On his release from active duty, he was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, AL. After successfully publishing three novels, he left his civilian employment with the Army and has since published more than 128 books, including both fiction and non-fiction.
He is the author of the bestselling Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, The Corps and Honor Bound series. He lives in Alabama. He also writes under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Soldier Spies was originally published in 1986 under the name of Alex Baldwin - it was republished in 1999 under W.E.B Griffin's name."
William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He lives in Texas.