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About the Author
Burnard Winburn, USMC MGYSGT (ret), was born in Hartsville, South Carolina, in 1938. A high school dropout, he went on to join the US Marine Corps and served for thirty years before retiring at the highest enlisted rank-master gunnery sergeant. In his two Vietnam tours, he was wounded three times but rejected multiple Purple Heart medals because he considered his nonlife threatening shrapnel injuries unworthy of honor when a fellow Marine lost an arm in the same explosion.
After declining a request to extend his service for another six months because it would have delayed a fellow Marine's promotion, Winburn retired. He later received a hand-delivered Presidential Citation recognizing his contribution to the US Marine Corps. An honorable, highly respected, and much-loved Marine, husband, and father, he died in 2002, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript that would eventually become Back Step.