Samuel V. Wilson, III is a game designer, a miniature war-gaming hobbyist, a miniature soldier collector, a paramedic, and a military veteran. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Vaughan Wilson, II and the grandson of Lieutenant General Samuel Vaughan Wilson who is known for coining the term "counterinsurgency" (COIN). He is a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. Wilson served as a light infantryman with the Virginia Army National Guard and as combat medic with the U.S. Army. In 2005, he suffered a concussion and a traumatic brain injury from in an explosion in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
He has been living in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wilson has been a contributor to Freelance Traveller magazine.