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Michael Eldredge

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


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A native of Ogden, Utah, Mr. Eldredge received his B.A. degree in Political Science and History at Weber State College in 1971. He received an M.A. degree in Political Science with a Certificate in International Relations from Utah State University in 1972.

Commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1971, he was assigned as Communications Officer, and as Operations Officer in USS SAN BERNARDINO (LST-1189), which included one deployment to Vietnam. He was assigned as an Assistant Professor to the NROTC Department at UCLA in 1976, where he was also responsible for NROTC curriculum development over 54 colleges and universities in the United States. He also served as an instructor at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD in 1976 and 1977.

Mr. Eldredge resigned his commission in 1977 and returned home to Utah to attend law school. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1980. During his legal education he was awarded the Silver Key Award by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for his service to that organization.

He began his writing career while still in the Navy, publishing his first article “The Other Side of the Island; USS Utah at Pearl Harbor,” in the prestigious Naval publication, United States Naval Institute Proceedings in December, 1976. The following year he published an article, “A Battleship for Utah; Naval Tradition under Governor Spry,” in the Utah Historical Quarterly in the Summer Issue of 1977. He continued writing while in law school, first with Journal of Legal Studies which he was invited to join in 1978 because of his writing abilities. His first effort was “Administrative Relief from Zoning Ordinances,” that was published in the Summary of Utah Law: Land Use, Zoning and Eminent Domain, a book published by the BYU Journal of Legal Studies in 1979. He was promoted to editor in 1979, and produced a second book entitled Summary of Utah Family Law published by the Journal of Legal Studies in 1980. He was also editor on the ABA/LSD Tenth Circuit Newsletter and editor of The Clark Memorandum, a BYU Alumni Magazine, in which he authored “Franklin S. Richards: Attorney In Crisis,” in the April, 1980 issue. After a six year hiatus while he was building his law practice, Mr. Eldredge again returned to publishing, this time in a two part series “Automating a Law Office with PCs,” published in the Utah Lawyer Alert (predecessor to the Utah Bar Journal) in October and December of 1986. He has since begun a number of research projects for books, leading to his first published book, Shades of Gray: Memoirs of a Prussian Saint on the Eastern Front. which he coauthored with Arthur O. Naujoks Jr. He has completed three more books, two of which will be published shortly, My Life and the Winter Games: A tory which is due out in the fall of 2005, and Walker’s Promise, a novel set in 1942, which is scheduled for release in winter, 2006. The Quest for the Holy Spear is his second historical novel. He is working on two more novels; Kells is set in Ireland and has as its centerpiece, the Book of Kells, and Grantsville is a modern day thriller about the ultimate bio-weapon developed at the Dugway Test Center.

He is an instructor at the University of Phoenix where he teaches undergraduate history and political science courses, and graduate international business courses in the MBA program.

Mr. Eldredge is active in civic and community affairs, and has served actively as a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America for the past 30 years. He has also served as a volunteer for Special Olympics and the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He and his wife Michelle reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have 8 children all of whom are adults.

Interests: I like historical work, i.e. historical non-fiction and fiction.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • My Life and the Winter Games: A Volunteer's Story
  • Shades of Gray: Memoirs of a Prussian Saint on the Eastern Front