Paul Westermeyer

Marine Corps History Division

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise:
  • Marine Corps history
  • Gulf War
  • 19th century military history
  • Ancient history (including Greek, Roman, and Byzantine)
  • History of naval strategic thought


  • M.A. Military History, 1996, The Ohio State University
  • B.A. History, 1994, The Ohio State University


Paul Westermeyer is a historian with the History Division of the United States Marine Corps, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to this he was a history instructor for eight years, during which he taught at The Ohio State University, Columbus State University, Hillsborough Community College, Otterbein University, and Franklin University. He is the recipient of Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's Brigadier General Edwin Simmons-Henry I. Shaw Award for 2015 for his book U.S. Marines in the Gulf War, 1990–1991: Liberating Kuwait.

Selected Publications

  • U.S. Marines in Battle: Al-Khafji, 28 January - 1 February 1991 (2008)
  • U.S. Marines in the Gulf War, 1990–1991: Liberating Kuwait (2014)
  • Desert Voices: An Oral History Anthology of Marines in the Gulf War, 1990-1991 (2016)
  • U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2010–2014: Anthology and Annotated Bibliography (2017)
  • The Legacy of Belleau Wood: 100 years of making Marines and winning battles, an anthology (2018)
  • The Legacy of American Naval Power: Reinvigorating Maritime Strategic Thought, Anthology (2019)
  • The United States Marine Corps: The Expeditionary Force at War, Casemate Publishers, (2019)

Professional memberships

  • Member, Society for Military History

Marine Corps University