Thomas R. Randall, the author of The Badge and Stripes of Honor, served in Vietnam in 1966-1967 as a helicopter doorgunner on a "Dust Off" helicopter in front line combat to try to save the lives of wounded troops. The crew members faced dangers everyday in almost every flight. He served in law enforcement for over 20 years, and most of it was with the government. He holds a Masters Degree in education from Elmira College, Elmira, NY. Graduated from New York State Police Officers Training Academy in North Little Rock, AR, in 1988. The federal Agents Academy FLETC at Glynco, GA, in 1991. Moreover, he worked out of Newark, NJ office for I.N.S. as a Special Operations Inspector.