William Geroux spent 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, much of that time covering eastern Virginia for the Richmond Times -Dispatch. William’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Associated Press, and various regional magazines. He wrote about topics ranging from military to politics to business to hurricanes to crime and punishment, and won numerous awards for news coverage, feature writing, and investigative journalism. After leaving journalism he worked as a writer for Maersk Limited, a Norfolk based subsidiary of one of the world’s largest shipping companies.
In his first book, THE MATHEWS MEN, Geroux turns his attention to an untold story of an epic WWII sea battle – just off the coast of America. Mathews County, Virginia, sent one of the largest concentrations of sea captains and merchant mariners of any American community to fight in WWII. THE MATHEWS MEN tells that historic story through the experiences of the Hodges family and their seven sons who found themselves facing U-boats off coastal United States in 1942.
THE MATHEWS MEN is a riveting, unforgettable history of a little known group of American heroes told by a gifted reporter and writer. “Poignant…A deep, compassionate group biography of these unsung heroes’ of the Merchant Marines,” says Kirkus Reviews. And from the Library Journal, “A gripping tale of wartime heroics and an emotional family story, this is a must-read addition to World War II literature.” Booklist gave it a starred review, “Geroux presents an unflinching, inspiring, and long delayed tribute to the sacrifice of these men.”
Born in Washington D.C., William grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Now working on a second book, he lives in Virginia Beach.