Leonard Hastings (“Steamer”) Nason – Colonel, United States Army Author

Born in Somerville, Massahusetts, on September 28, 1895 and graduated from Norwich University in 1920.

In the Mexican Border Service with the United States Army, 1st Volunteer Cavalry, in 1916. During World War I, he served as a Sergeant, Battery A, 76th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Force, and was wounded-in-action at Mont St. Pere, France, in July 1918 and was cited for gallantry in action by General John J. Pershing. During World War II, he served on active duty in the European Theater as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Armored Forces.

He was a world-famous author, writing such books as “Chevrons,” 1926, “Three Lights From A Match,” 1927, “Sergeant Eadie,”1928, “The Top Kick,” 1928, “The Man In The White Slicker,” 1929, “Incomplete Mariner,” 1929, “Among Th Trumpets,” 1932, “Defenders of the Bridge,” 1932, “Among The Trumpets,” 1932, “Rodney, ” 1933, “Red Night,” 1935, “Eagles Eastward,” 1936, and “The Barbary Coast,” 1949. He also contributed stories to Adventure Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post and the American Legion Magazine. He also wrote verse in “Line ‘O Type,” under the pen name “Steamer.”

He died in New York City on July 25, 1970 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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