Harold "Steve" Stephens (December 3, 1926 – January 2021) was an American author known for his explorations of World War II China and his world travels and adventures. Beginning his career as a writer while enlisted as an American Marine in China, he wrote as a travel correspondent for various publications, including The Washington Post and Bangkok Post, and has written many books about travel and history.
Harold Stephens was born in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and raised on a
nearby farm. When the farmhouse burned down, he went to work in the coal mines and later in the steel mills. A month before his seventeenth birthday, he lied about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Four months later, he fought in the Battle of Okinawa. When the war ended in 1945, he went to China as a China Marine. He landed in Qingdao, attended the Chinese language school, and became an interpreter. He remained in China until the communist revolution in 1949.
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