Victor ‘Tory’ Failmezger is a retired US Naval Officer. In the early 1970s Commander Failmezger was stationed at NATO in Naples, Italy and lived in an apartment overlooking the Bay of Pozzuoli where the 601st conducted practice landing for both the Anzio and Southern France landings. In the early 1980s he served as the Assistant Naval Attaché in Rome, Italy. A later tour found him as the Director of the US Navy Science and Technology Group, Europe in Munich, Germany. He is a graduate of the US Foreign Service Institute (Italian) and the Defense Language Institute (German).

After retirement he worked in the private sector as a consultant helping small businesses enter new markets. He was also a government consultant do contract work for the US Department of Energy and NASA. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife Patricia. The author lives in Middletown, VA.