Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer. The author lives in Cypress, Texas.
"Do not judge by this book's small size; US Patrol Torpedo Boats is among the best primer of the WW2-era patrol torpedo boats that I have seen." --C. Peter Chen, World War II Database (December 22, 2008)"...[focuses] on World War II torpedo boats and their development, considering their design and deployment and providing a rich survey especially important considering they are rarely seen today." --California Bookwatch (November 2008)"... [Patrol Torpedo] boats were considered to be expendable boats and so were not provided with much in the way of comfort or armor. They relied on their speed and maneuverability to get them out of trouble ... In his book ... Rottman describes the various major types that were used as well as the organization of units, the way the boats were operated and a bit of what it was like to have to serve on one of these boats. All of this is accompanied by superb period photographs of these vessels, and further enhanced by the artwork of Peter Bull. It makes for a well rounded publication and a book that I can most highly recommend to you." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (September 2008)