Stephen King & John Grisham Support Webb

Richmond Times-Dispatch notes: Novelists Stephen King and John Grisham plan to appear at a Sept. 24 fundraiser for fellow writer Jim Webb's Democratic U.S. Senate campaign.

James Webb for Virginia U.S. Senate.

Jim Webb is the author of Born Fighting: How the Scot-Irish Formed America;Fields of Fire (1978), considered by many to be the classic novel of the Vietnam war, A Sense of Honor (l981), A Country Such As This (1983), Something To Die For (1991), The Emperor's General (1999) and Lost Soldiers (2001).

First in his class of 243 at the Marine Corps Officer's Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, Jim Webb served with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam, where as a rifle platoon and company commander in the infamous An Hoa Basin west of Danang he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. He later served as a platoon commander and as an instructor in tactics and weapons at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, and then as a member of the Secretary of the Navy's immediate staff, before leaving the Marine Corps in 1972.