Major Ian Graham McNeill

Date of birth  1933-06-12  Melbourne, VIC. 
Other  1950  Entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon. 
Other  1954  McNeill graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. 
Other  1955  Was posted as a rifle platoon commander to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment then serving in Korea. 
Other  1957  Became a founding member of 1 Special Air Service Company as a platoon commander. 
Other  1961  Joined the headquarters of the Australian Army Force in Singapore. 
Other  1965  Joined the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam, as a military advisor. 
Other  1971  Participated in the final anti-war Moratorium march. 
Other  1972  Joined the Military History Cell at Army Headquarters in Canberra. 
Other  1982  Resigned from the army with the rank of major. 
Date of discharge  1984  Joined the Australian War Memorial's Official History Unit. 
Other  1993 

Published ‘To Long Tan’, the first official history volume on ground operations in Vietnam.

Other  1997  Awarded a Doctorate of Letters for 'The Team' and 'To Long Tan' from the University of New England. 
Date of death  1998-10-03  Died of a heart attack in Canberra, ACT. 
Other  2003  The successor volume to 'To Long Tan' was published as 'On the offensive'. McNeill was working on 'On the offensive' at the time of his death. 
Other 2012-04 The final volume ‘Fighting to the Finish', (completed by co-author Ashley Ekins), published and completing the nine-volume official history series.