Raul Herrera is a decorated Vietnam War Veteran who volunteered for the Navy in September 1965 and received an honorable discharge after four years of service. His tour of duty in Vietnam was from April 1967 to April 1968. He served aboard a 50-foot aluminum-hulled combat vessel, PCF-79 (Patrol Craft Fast), commonly known as a Swift Boat. Mr. Herrera and his boat crew, along with other American, South Vietnamese and Korean soldiers, were personally congratulated and decorated with the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal by Premier Nguyen Cao Ky and Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu for their effort in the capture of an ammo-laden North Vietnamese resupply fishing trawler.
The author was selected as one of the top ten national finalists in the Books For Life Foundation, 2003 John T. Lupton “New Voices In Literature Awards” (Non-fiction Category). He contributed to the historical research for Medal of Honor – A Vietnam Warrior’s Story and is so noted in the acknowledgments. Mr. Herrera served as president of the Swift Boat Sailors Association from 2007 to 2013. As a freelance writer, he has published articles in the Nuestras Vidas Magazine and has also been published in VIVA! Magazine, a supplement to the Houston Post. A feature interview article about the author and relative to the capture of the North Vietnamese trawler appeared in the February 1996 issue of VIETNAM Magazine. In addition, two (CBS Affiliate) KHOU-TV interviews, relative to his work-in-progress, have aired in the past.
Mr. Herrera worked for twenty-one years with Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, Houston, Texas, as a civil engineering CADD-Design Technician and retired in 2010. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is married and currently calls Richmond, Texas, home.