Son of Reginald Woodrow Shrader (1922-1978) and Freda Olene Presley (1924-1980).
Charles Reginald Shrader married Carolyn [Carole Anne] Analore (1942-) in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Dover, DE, on 17 Aug 1963. They have two children: Peter Reginald (1965-) and Sheila Lynne (1968-).
Charles R. Shrader attended elementary and secondary schools in Alaska, Tennessee, Montana, California, England, Greece, West Virginia, and Delaware. He graduated from Caesar Rodney HS in Camden-Wyoming, DE, in 1960. He subsequently attended Vanderbilt University and received the BA in History cum laude with “High Honors in History” in 1964 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa the following year. He was awarded the MA degree in 1970, the M.Phil. degree in 1971, and the Ph.D. in 1976, all in History from Columbia University in the City of New York. He also has course hours from the University of Delaware (Psychology) and the College of William and Mary (Educational Administration).
Charles R. Shrader was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army from ROTC at Vanderbilt University on 31 May 1964. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and thus was offered a Regular Army commission. He entered active duty with the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, CO, in June 1964, and received his Regular Army commission in the Transportation Corps later that month. He served with the 2nd Bn (Mechanized), 10th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), as a rifle platoon leader, a weapons platoon leader, and a Battalion S-3 before reverting. During that time he attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Parachute School at Fort Benning, GA, in early 1966.
He reverted to his primary branch, the Transportation Corps, in the late spring of 1966 and attended the Transportation Officer Orientation Course at Fort Eustis, VA, and then served a one-year tour with the 11th Transportation Bn (Terminal) in Viet Nam in 1966-1967. He was assigned as a ship platoon leader in the 117th and then the 124th Transportation Companies (Terminal) in Saigon, but his actual duty assignments were as Night Officer-in-Charge of Area 3, Saigon Main Port, and then Officer-in-Charge, Nha Be Ammunition Discharge Port. In December 1966 he was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties of S-1/Adjutant, 11th Transportation Bn (Tml) at Cat Lai, RVN. He finished his first tour in Viet Nam in June 1967 and subsequently attended the Transportation Officer Advanced Course of which he was the Distinguished Graduate in May 1968.
and he is also a graduate of the US Army Infantry School, the US Army Transportation School, the US Army Command and General Staff College (1978), the US Army War College (1982), and the NATO Defense College (1984). Dr. Shrader served as an Infantry and Transportation Corps officer in the US Army from 1964 to 1987 with tours in the United States, Vietnam, Germany, and Italy. For over 17 years he was active in the study and teaching of history and the administration of historical programs at the US Military Academy, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army Military History Institute, the US Army War College, the NATO Defense College, and the US Army Center of Military History. He was the first acting Director of the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth and later held the “General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies” at the Army War College. Dr. Shrader has published several articles on medieval history and manuscript studies as well as on topics in American and European military history. He is the author of Amicicide: The Problem of Friendly Fire in Modern War (Combat Studies Institute, 1982), U. S. Military Logistics, 1607–1991: A Research Guide (Greenwood, 1992), and Communist Logistics in the Korean War (Greenwood, 1995) and is the Editor of a 5-volume Reference Guide to United States Military History (Facts-on-File, 1991–1994) and a 3-volume anthology, United States Army Logistics, 1775–1992 (US Army Center of Military History, 1997). He has also published The First Helicopter War: Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954–1962 (Praeger, 1999); The Withered Vine: Logistics and the Communist Insurgency in Greece, 1945–1949 (Praeger, 1999); and The Muslim-Croat Civil War in Central Bosnia: A Military History, 1992–1994 (Texas A&M University Press, 2003; Croatian translation, Zagreb, Golden Marketing, 2004). He is also the author of a three volume work on Operations Research in the United States Army, 1942–1995 (3 vols.; US Army Center of Military History for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research, 2006–2009). Together with Clayton R. Newell he wrote the award-winning (2012 Book Award of the Army Historical Foundation and the 2013 Book Award of the Society for Military History) Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done: A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). His latest work is A War of Logistics: Parachutes and Porters in Indochina, 1945-1954 (University Press of Kentucky, 2015). He has also published numerous articles, book reviews, essays, and other short pieces on military history and manuscript studies in a variety of fora.
Dr. Shrader served as the Executive Director of the Society for Military History (1992–2000) and as President of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (2000–2002). He served two terms on the Carlisle (PA) Municipal Authority and on the Carlisle (PA) Fire Service Study.
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