Robert J. Topmiller joined the Navy at seventeen and served as a hospitalman with the Marines at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. Later a businessman and professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University, “Doc” Topmiller wrote two books on Vietnam: The Lotus Unleashed: The Buddhist Peace Movement in South Vietnam 1964–1966 (2002) and Red Clay on My Boots: Encounters with Khe Sanh 1968 to 2005 (2007). He was working on Binding Their Wounds when he died. He left a wife, three children, and three grandchildren.
T. Kerby Neill is a Navy veteran and clinical psychologist. Dr. Neill worked in the VA and later spent most of his career as a child psychologist. He is the author of Helping Others Help Children: Clinical Supervision of Child Psychotherapy (2006). Retired from psychology in 2004, he devotes much of his time to peace education. He is married, a father, and grandfather.