Tim O'Brien grew up in a small town in Minnesota, called Worthington. Although, he was born in Austin, Minnesota on October 1, 1946. He enrolled at Macalester college and graduated in 1968 with a BA in political science and a draft notice. O'Brien was against war, but reported for service and was sent to Vietnam. His tour of duty lasted from 1969 to 1970. After Vietnam he became a graduate at Harvard and was one of the very few Vietnam veterans there at the time. He got the opportunity to do an intership at the Wasington Post, he eventually left Harvard to become a newspaper reporter. O'Brien's career as a reporter gave way to his fiction writing when he published his memoir, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home. One of his quotes that really helped me understand why he writes was, " I didn't get into writing to make money or get famous or any of that. I got into it to hit hearts, and man, when i get letters not just from the soldiers but from their kids, especially their kids, it makes it all worthwhile."