Legendary espionage and military writer Tom Clancy — who, with the help of Gen. Carl W. Stiner (Ret.) of LaFollette, penned the New York Times bestseller Shadow Warriors — died Oct. 1 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore following a brief illness.
Clancy and Stiner, whose 35-year career in the U.S. Army spanned the Vietnam and Gulf wars, collaborated on the book that was published in February 2002 and details the history of special operations in the United States Armed Services.
“He was a dear friend and a great American patriot,” said Gen. Stiner, who commanded all U.S. Special Forces during the 1989 Invasion of Panama and also during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. “He did the (armed) services a lot of good in his writing, and he was a good recruiter. He had a mind for seeing things in the future that most people could not see.
“Right after the first Gulf War, he commissioned a Commander’s set of books to be published,” said Stiner.
The Commander’s Series included:
• Into the Storm, with Gen. Frederick M. Franks, a study on the ground war in Iraq.
• Every Man A Tiger, with Gen. Chuck Horner, a study on the air war in Iraq.
• Shadow Warriors, with Gen. Carl W. Stiner, a study on the history of special operations troops.
Clancy planned to write a fourth and final book in the series on naval operations during the Gulf War with the help of Admiral Stanley R. Arthur. However, he never got a chance to finish the book because of other commitments.
Although the Commander’s Series of books were non-fiction, Clancy was best known for his fictional works including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, all of which were later adapted for the big screen in Hollywood.
Gen. Stiner said he has fond memories of his time spent working with Clancy on Shadow Warriors.
“It took me two years to write that book, because I had to do it from memory,” said Gen. Stiner.
“We didn’t write anything down back then. Everything we did was classified. I’m glad I wrote the book. It has been perceived as a reference document for the younger generation.
“It’s the most complete book ever written on Special Forces. He was a great researcher and a master at that. He will leave a void with his writing that I don’t know anyone else could fill.
“My prayers go out to his wife and family.”