Biography

Col. (ret.) Gregory A. Daddis is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, has a MA from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He served for 26 years in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and served as the Command Historian to the U.S. Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) in Baghdad, Iraq. His final assignment in the army was as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.

Academically, Daddis specializes in Cold War history with an emphasis on the Vietnam War. He has authored five books, including his most recent with Cambridge University Press, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (2020), and a trilogy on the American war in Vietnam with Oxford University Press. Daddis worked as an official advisor for the 2017 Ken Burns-Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, and has led multiple tours to Vietnam for educational purposes. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Interest magazine. Before joining the History Department at SDSU, he directed the M.A. program in War and Society Studies at Chapman University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Vietnam War

  • Iraq Wars

  • Cold War history and policy

  • Social and cultural militarism

Recent News

  • Gregory Daddis: Recriminations over Vietnam tell us what’s next in the debate over Afghanistan
    Debates, about whether the U.S. could have won, who bears responsibility for the loss and whether soldiers’ sacrifice was worth it, are coming. The Taliban has retaken Afghanistan with lightning speed, forcing Americans to grapple with our 20-year-long tragedy in the war-torn Central Asian nation…
  • Greg Daddis Calls for A “Military Reckoning,” Holding Immoral Veterans Accountable
    In an op-ed for Salon, retired U.S. Army colonel Gregory A. Daddis criticizes America’s “ritualistic fawning” over veterans, particularly those who openly support military coups and encourage sedition and hatred. He mentions retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn as one example of a veteran with anti-Democratic sentiments that detract from the immense sacrifices of the many heroic men and women in our nation’s all-volunteer force. Instances of impropriety should not be dismissed because we are required, by some unwritten rule, to mechanically thank veterans for their service. Wearing a uniform should not shield the wearer from scrutiny, criticism or disciplinary action.” Gregory A. Daddis, retired U.S. Army colonel Read the full article here.