Bio: Herbert Yale Schandler (b. January 2, 1928, Asheville, North Carolina-d. July 16, 2015, McLean, Virginia), soldier and scholar. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1952, and in the 1950s worked as an assistant professor of social sciences at West Point. Schandler served as a military social aide at the White House from 1967 to 1969 and in the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s strategic plans and policy directorate. He received his PhD in public administration from Harvard University in 1974, and his dissertation was published in 1977 as the book, “The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam.” Schandler retired as a colonel from the Army in 1975, and worked as a national defense specialist with the Congressional Research Service and as a professor of political science at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a branch of the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Schandler was chairman of the National Defense University’s department of strategy from 1990 to 1996. He retired in 2004. He fought in the Korean War, and served two combat tours in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army’s Green Berets. His military decorations include four awards of the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, 14 Air Medals and two awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. His marriage to Dorothy Carnright ended in divorce; they had one child. He was married to Sharron Brittain Schandler; they had two children. Schandler is interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
LBJ Connection: Author, "The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam"
Schandler, Herbert Yale, 1928-2015,
Biographical info page,
LBJ Presidential Library,
accessed March 24, 2019,