Charles Melson joined the Marines in 1967. Among other conflicts, his service included the war in Vietnam. From 1986, he was a writer with the Marine Corps Historical Centre and a working member of the Marine Corps Uniform Board. His work for Osprey includes the Elite titles Vietnam Marines and Marine Recon 1940-90.
"This detailed, grass-roots look at the backbone of the US Marine Corps, the US Marine Rifleman, provides for an enjoyable, informative read in a good chronological order that is easy to follow. Osprey s "U.S Marine Rifleman 1939-45 - Pacific Theater" is a valuable addition to any figure reference library." -Steve Readdie, "Historicus Forma "(October 2006)"