Bachelor cum laude, Furman University, 1933.
Teacher Parker High School, Greenville, South Carolina, 1933—1934. Reporter, columnist, editorial writer Greenville Piedmont, 1934—1937. War correspondent United Press, also Prime Minister Newspaper, New York City, 1937—1941.
Far East editor Collier's magazine, 1946—1948. Associate editor, columnist Courier-Journal, Louisville, 1948—1966. Assistant administrator National Credit Union Administration, 1970—1972.
Writer, lecturer, since 1972. Colonel United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations, colonel United States Marine Corps, 1950-1952, PTO, colonel United States Marine Corps, 1966-1970, Vietnam.
Member of National Press (Washington).
Married Margaret Lady North, November 29, 1943. Children: Sarah James DeBesche, Philip W., Charles Radh Govinda.