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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Inaugural Presentation of the John F. Lehman Naval Historian Award
The New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States
Cordially invites you to the Inaugural Presentation
of the John Lehman Distinguished Naval Historian Award
to James D. Hornfischer, 2004 Morison Award Winner
James D. Hornfischer's books have led reviewers to rate him as one of the most commanding naval historians writing today. His latest book, The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944- 1945, was released by Bantam on October 25, 2016. The Fleet at Flood Tide is in part a major narrative of the U.S. offensive into the Mariana Islands in the Central Pacific, covering in close detail the thunderous World War II air, land and sea operations that seized the strategically vital islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam. The three bitter conquests shocked American leaders all the way up to the White House with their revelations about the true nature of their foe—not only the Imperial Japanese military, but its suicide-ready civilians as well. After a classified Army aviation outfit moved to the Marianas with its secret cargo, what happened next from these islands changed the world. From the seas of the Central Pacific to the shores of Japan itself, The Fleet at Flood Tide is a stirring and deeply humane account of World War II’s world-changing finale.
Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal (2011), a New York Times hardcover bestseller, was chosen as a best book of the year by numerous book reviews. Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors (2006) told the story of the cruiser USS Houston and the odyssey of its crew in Japanese captivity. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (2004), a combat action narrative set during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on "war as soldiers know it." Hornfischer has also collaborated with Marcus Luttrell, the bestselling author of Lone Survivor, on Luttrell's second book, Service: A Navy SEAL at War (2012), a New York Times bestseller.
Hornfischer's motivation to write about the U.S. military reaches back to his childhood, from his explorations of the school library's 940.54 Dewey Decimal section, building Monogram and Revell model ships and aircraft, watching "Black Sheep Squadron" on NBC (sublimely ahistorical but redeemed by Robert Conrad's portrayal of Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington of VMF-214), and absorbing the epic intonations of Laurence Olivier in "The World at War" on PBS.
A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Colgate University and the
University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer lives in Austin, Texas, with
his wife and their children.
Naval Order Congress 2016
Members of the New York Commandery attended the 2016 Congress at the Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki Beach. The event was enjoyed by all. A most stirring visit to Pearl Harbor, where there was a wreath ceremony and casting of red rose petals over the USS Arizona. View pictures.