Gordon W. Prange

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Birthday
16, 1910
Birthplace
Iowa
DEATH DATE
May 16, 1980 (69)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
16, 1910
Birthplace
Iowa
DEATH DATE
May 16, 1980 (69)

About

The author of popular World War II histories, he is best known for Tora! Tora! Tora!, At Dawn We Slept, and Miracle at Midway. For more than four decades, he taught history at the University of Maryland.

Before Fame

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1937. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Trivia

He studied briefly in Berlin, where he witnessed Hitler's speeches firsthand. From 1945 to 1951, he worked as the chief staff historian for General Douglas MacArthur.

Family Life

He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa.

Associated With

Akira Kurosawa was involved in the 1970 film adaptation of Prange's work, Tora! Tora! Tora!