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William G. Bainbridge

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Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge, USA (ret.) “grew up in Illinois and volunteered for the draft when he graduated from high school in 1943. He ended his military career in 1979 as sergeant major of the army - the highest enlisted grade.”  His is the co-author of Top Sergeant.


According to the book description of Top Sergeant, “His memoir, written with Dan Cragg (who also authored books such as The Soldier's Prize), reflects the stereotypical values of rural America: hard work, discipline and self-confidence. Bainbridge was a citizen soldier, deciding to make the army his career only when recall for duty in the Korean War ended his chances to become a farmer. While he proved himself in combat, his career also highlights the complex, tripartite role of senior NCOs as fighters, administrators and advisers to the officers. Bainbridge consistently sought input from subordinates. Just as consistently, he told superiors the truth as he saw it - but with enough tact to keep his stripes and add to them. This is the story of a man who served both his country and himself well.”

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