Lucian K. Truscott IV was born to 2nd Lt. Lucian K. Truscott III and Anne Harloe Truscott on April 11, l947, in Fukuowka, Japan, the first baby born to American parents in Japan after the war. Truscott is a fourth generation Army veteran and the 5th great grandson of Thomas Jefferson. His grandfather, General Truscott received multiple medals of honor including the Distinguished Service Cross, for his bravery and valor during WWII. Lucian grew up in the Army, living over the years in more than ten states, four foreign countries, and 27 different houses or apartments by the time he was 18. Lucian attended West Point Academy and graduated but chose to leave the service due to a article he wrote about the unacknowledged problem of heroin addiction in the Army, that he didn’t withdraw from the Village Voice, even under threat of being sent to a heavy fire zone in Vietnam during the war.
Lucian went on to work as a journalist for many highly news agencies, such as: The New York Times, the New Yorker, Esquire, The Nation, Harpers and Rolling Stone. During this time Lucian also worked as a foreign correspondent and he spent 6 months in Israel and Beirut and wrote the first articles ever published in this country about terrorism as a military tactic.
In l976, Truscott wrote and published the best-selling novel “Dress Gray” in l979, which was later produced as an NBC miniseries, scripted by Gore Vidal, in l986. After “Dress Gray,” Truscott wrote the best-seller “Army Blue” and published a third novel, “Rules of the Road,” in 1990. His fourth novel, “Heart of War,” was published in June, 1997. His fifth novel, “Full Dress Gray,” published in July 1998, is the long-awaited sequel to his first novel, “Dress Gray.”