Robert J. Laplander

Robert J. Laplander is the leading authority on the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division and the author of Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legend of America’s Famous WW1 Epic. He is featured in the television event The Great War; a 6-hour, 3-part record of America’s contributions in WW1 presented as part of the American Experience series for PBS in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the war. Laplander has provided professional development lectures for the US Army to both the old 77th Regional Readiness Command and the 78th (Training) Division and is a partner in the US WW1 Centennial Commission, managing both Doughboy MIA, a site which tracks all missing US service personnel from the war, and The Lost Battalion portions of the Commission’s web presence. He is also the author of The True Story of the Wooden Horse, an account of the POW escape from Stalag Luft III during World War II.