Starr Sinton was born on a tea plantation in southern Africa. He had a peripatetic childhood, eventually settling in California, where he received a degree in Anthropology from the University of California. After obtaining a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary, Major Sinton spent the next 25 years as military lawyer, a special assistant United States attorney, and attorney in private practice. He has published numerous articles in various US government publications. A life-long student of military history, he has provided replica uniforms for museums, done extra work in Hollywood movies, and in his spare time makes 12 inch scale in military figures.