1929 – Griffin grew up in New York City and Philadelphia on the 10th of November.
1946 – He joined the Army.
1951 – He was recalled to serve in Korea; first as an official Army war correspondent, then as public information officer for US X Corps, which included some US Marine divisions.
1983 – He wrote "Brotherhood of War" series.
– Griffin received the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service as a reporter at the front lines.
– His personal knowledge of both combat and garrison life and the friendships he forged with military personnel from different services would prove invaluable when he began writing. Many of his books are dedicated to fallen comrades who died in Korea or later on in Vietnam or while serving with the international peacekeeping force dispatched during the Lebanese Civil War.