Tour Leaders

Tour Leaders

Ron Campbell

P.J. Dermer

Ron Dudek

John Edwards

Don Farrell

Steve Greene

Bruce Jones

Bob Laramy

Sam McClinchie

Joe Mueller

James Oelke
  
Lina Ruhlman

Mark Typinski

Dave Wall

Bill White

James White

Ron Campbell

LtCol William “Ron” Campbell Jr.,USMC (Ret), is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. As a career Marine pilot, Ron served two tours in Vietnam flying Sikorsky UH-34Ds and Lockheed KC-130Fs, earning a Meritorious Service Medal and twenty-four Air Medals. He ended his career as the commander of a composite helicopter squadron, HMM-262. Currently, Ron is a tour leader for MHT specializing in Asia and WWI.

P.J. Dermer

COL P.J. Dermer USA(Ret) was one of the Army’s foremost Middle East regional experts.  His career spanned over 30 years of experience including multiple assignments throughout the region.  His experience includes military and civilian venues spread over a wealth and breadth of challenging spectrums including national levels of the U.S. government.  He was in the Office of the Vice President in 2002, the critical year in the run up to the war in Iraq, and subsequently served two tours spanning the length of the country.  His first tour was as a senior advisor in the Coalitional Provisional Authority where he established Baghdad’s first locally represented City Council followed by the rebuilding of Iraq’s Ministry of Defense and senior Army ranks.  In his second tour Colonel (ret) Dermer served initially as a senior negotiator for reconciliation efforts with Sunni and Shia militas, working closely with the various Awakening movements.  Later, he became the senior military advisor for the Baghdad Operations Command in the fight for Baghdad in 2008.  At present, Colonel (ret) Dermer is one of a handful of private U.S. businessmen trying to establish successful business enterprises in Iraq.  

He has extensive coalition-building experience working with international counterparts to foster the Middle East Peace Process serving four tours in the Levant region.  He has advised, mentored and written extensively for the nation’s senior military and civilian leadership. In the conduct of his duties, Colonel Dermer had the unique opportunity to realize national level strategy on the ground in the Middle East’s extremely complicated social, cultural and religious environment. Countries of expertise include Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, North Africa and the Persian Gulf.  

Ron Dudek

Ron Dudek served as a Marine Tanker in I-Corps during Vietnam. He is one of MHT's most experienced Vietnam Tour Leaders having gone numerous times with legendary Captain Ed Garr. 

John Edwards

John Edwards retired from the USMC as a Master Gunnery Sergeant, having served from 1962 to 1988. John is a combat veteran and served two tours, totaling twenty-six months in Vietnam. His first tour was with 3/9 and his second with Headquarters 3rd Marines. After retirement John had a second career as a certified FAA flight instructor. John first came to MHT in 2002 as a client and then became a tour leader specializing in the Pacific, and is an authority on Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal as well as Vietnam.

Don Farrell

Don Farrell is a retired educator and has been a battlefield tour guide with Military Historical Tours since 2007.  Mr. Farrell is the author of numerous books and articles relative to the history of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, including the only history of the Northern Mariana Islands. His books have been the standard for history in the school system for both Guam and the Northern Marianas.  Mr. Farrell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1971, and moved to Guam in 1977, eventually becoming the Chief of Staff to the Governor.  Don made Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands his home in 1987 and now serves on the CNMI Humanities Council Board of Directors and the CNMI Historic Preservation Board of Directors.

Steve Greene

Steve Greene served with the USMC in Vietnam in 1966/1967 in I Corps.  He returned to Vietnam with the Department of Justice in 1971 and was present during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Steve held senior positions in the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U. S. Department of State (DOS).  He has worked as a Tour Leader for the past 15 years with MHT in Vietnam, France, Iwo Jima, Guam and Peleliu.

Bruce Allan Jones

Bruce A. Jones graduated from Kansas University and later served in the US Army. In Vietnam Bruce was assigned to the U.S. Army's 4th PSYOP GP, attached to the 1st Marine Division in I Corps. After leaving the military Bruce had a career as a National Park Service archeologist. On two occasions during his career he returned to Vietnam to supervise excavations seeking evidence of American service personnel unaccounted for at the end of the war. Bruce joined the MHT team in 2006 and leads tours to Vietnam and Europe.

Bob Laramy

Bob Laramy served with the Marines in I-Corps as an Aerial Observer (AO) with the 1st Marine Division.  He is a Vietnam Tour Leader and while serving with the "Catkillers" of the 220th Aviation Company he was shot down near Hue City on 22 February 1968. In support of the Battle of Hue City, his pilot 1LT Terrance M. Bozarth was KIA but Bob was rescued from the resultant crash by Marines on the ground.

Sam McClinchie

Col Alexander "Sam" McClinchie USMCR(Ret) also served in Vietnam and has led numerous tours back to I-Corps. Sam was a member of the 38th OCC & Basic School Class 3-66 before his assignment in-country as a Lieutenant. Below Sam at the Tam Hiep Clinic, Vietnam.

Joe Mueller

Col Joseph "Joe' Mueller is one of MHT's most experienced WWII in the Pacific Tour Leader. A Vietnam Veteran, he is MHT's expert on Guadalcanal, "The Slot" & Tarawa. He has led tours to Korea, Iwo Jima & Hawaii for MHT

James Oelke-Farley

James Oelke-Farley has worked extensively as a Tour Leader in the Central Pacific. He has been an Iwo Jima Tour Leader and is an expert on the Marianas Campaign in 1944 covering Guam, Saipan & Tinian. He is the Cultural Resources Program Manager for the U.S. National Park Service on Guam.

Lina Ruhlman

Lina Ruhlman is an Overseas U.S. Veteran Revisit & Peace Camp For Youth Programs Leader for MHT. She is also well versed in Guam & Iwo Jima and has been a Tour Leader for both.

Mark Typinski

Mark Typinski has spent a career in military and law enforcement, spending 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps followed by local and federal agencies.  His job has allowed ample travel overseas, including a tour in Europe where he developed a passion for the history of both World Wars.  He has toured the Western Front and Battle of the Bulge areas extensively, and subsequently studied the campaigns in those regions with a focus on U.S. involvement in both wars.  His education in history continues, with an eye towards pursuit of an advanced degree in military history. 

David F. Wall

Col David F. Wall USMCR (Ret) earned a BA from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and an MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He served with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from April 1967 until May 1968 as an Artillery Forward Observer and Battery Commander. Following his active duty he enjoyed civilian careers in commercial banking, manufacturing and distribution management and crisis management consulting. David remained in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve until 1992 then retiring at the rank of Colonel. David joined the MHT team in 2006 and has led tours to Europe, Vietnam, South Korea and China.

Bill White

Col William White USMC(Ret) is one of the most experienced Tour Leaders for the U.S. Battlefields of WWI.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia who entered the Marine Corps during the Korean War and served in Vietnam.  Upon retirement he was the Editor of Leatherneck Magazine for the Marine Corps Association before retiring again to run his farm in Nokesville and concentrate on MHT European Tours where he is an acknowledged master. With General Mundy (L) at a WWI American Battle Monuments Commission Cemetery.

James White

James White is the son of noted WWI historian Col Bill White, USMC who made this anual excursion a MHT legacy tour and is a WWI expert in his own right having done this tour multiple times and has extensive knowledge of the French WWI battlefields.