Robert J. Dalessandro
|Robert J. Dalessandro|
Colonel Robert J. Dalessandro (retired). Courtesy U.S. Army.
New York City
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Other work||Military historian|
Robert J. Dalessandro (born 1958, in New York, New York) is an American historian and author who has written and presented extensively on the American Expeditionary Forces contributions to the First World War.
Dalessandro is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and the current Director of the United States Army Center of Military History at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. He frequently leads battlefield tours to sites in the United States, France and Italy.
He has had a lifelong passion for military history and the material culture of the American soldier. Dalessandro graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in History in 1980. His graduate studies included work at the College of William and Mary, the U.S. Army War College and George Washington University.
He has had a wide variety of Army leadership and staff assignments including time as a platoon leader, command at company, depot and battalion level and staff assignments at echelons of command ranging from battalion through Department of the Army level.
Dalessandro is widely published on the lifeways and material culture of the American Soldier in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He is co-author of the Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1923, he serves as editor of the Army Officer’s Guide, co-author of Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War, and Contributions of African American Soldiers and the American Lions: the 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I.
His book, Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1923 received the Army Historical Foundation award for excellence in writing.
Dalessandro currently serves as the Chairman of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. He assumed those duties following the untimely death of former Congressman Ike Skelton. He was appointed to the commission by the House Minority Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California.
- Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1923, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2008 ISBN 0-764-32937-5 OCLC 233482816
- The Army Officer's Guide, Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 2009
- Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2009
- American Lions: The 332nd Infantry regiment in Italy in World War I, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2010
- "100 Greatest Military Photographs", Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2013
- "The Great War, A World War I Historical Collection", Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2013
- Information for biography from Stackpole Books and Schiffer Military Publishing and www.usahec.org
, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Website - - U.S. Army Chief of Military History Biography