Patrick E. Andrews was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1936. He is descended from people who pioneered in that area during the transition to statehood from the Indian and Oklahoma Territories. His forebears, veterans of both the Union and Confederate armies of the Civil War, moved west from Pennsylvania and Mississippi to make new lives in the state. As the generations rolled by, they became homesteaders, ranchers, merchants, lawmen, bootleggers, writers, poets, and musicians.
Andrews was an army brat during his boyhood years. He grew up to be a second-generation paratrooper of three generations. His late father, Colonel Clyde Andrews, served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and his grandson, William Andrews, spent four years with the 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment in the 1980s. Andrews served in the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division for three years.
After leaving the active Army, Patrick Andrews, inspired by James Jones’ excellent army novel From Here to Eternity, began his writing career. He is an amateur military historian with a large library of reference materials built up over several decades. His favorite subject is military history fiction, and he vigorously concentrates on historical accuracy. He is very much aware that readers of that genre are unforgiving of any errors.
Andrews currently lives with his wife Julie in California where they enjoy the company of son Bill and grandchildren Josh and Justina on holidays, birthdays and other special occasions.
Here Sergeant Patrick E. Andrews is in the 82nd Airborne Division at age twenty-one in 1957. He is about to board a C-119 troop transport aircraft to make a parachute jump.