Colonel Andrew R. Finlayson, USMC (Ret.)


Photograph of Col. Andy FinlaysonColonel Finlayson is a 1966 graduate of the U. S Naval Academy who served 25 years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer.


He spent 32 months in South Vietnam as a Force Reconnaissance Platoon Commander, Infantry Company Commander and Provincial Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) Commander and Advisor.

From his retirement from the US Marine Corps in 1991 until 2007 he worked for the Vinnell and Northrop Grumman Corporations in management positions specializing in military training, strategic planning and security biometrics.

As a civilian defense contractor he worked for five years in Saudi Arabia training Saudi military units and he took the first New Iraqi Army training team into Iraq in July 2003.

He also spent a year in Romania advising the Romanian Ministry of National Defense on US military base development and training procedures.

His most recent publication is a book entitled Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968

He is the author of several articles and studies related to the Vietnam War.

He currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina.