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Anderson Speaker Series

About Admiral Anderson

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Admiral Anderson entered the United States Naval Academy in 1927. Following graduation in 1930, he became a Naval Aviator, serving on cruisers and aircraft carriers.

During World War II, he facilitated the expansion of Navy's air arm and participated in strikes in the Pacific as a navigator on the Navy's second carrier, USS YORKTOWN. After the war, Admiral Anderson commanded the anti-submarine carrier, USS MONDORO, and was picked to assist President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then General, at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Admiral Anderson distinguished himself as Chief of Naval Operations in charge of the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. President Kennedy was quoted as telling him, "Well Admiral, it looks as though this is up to the Navy," to which he replied, "Mr. President, the Navy will not let you down." President Kennedy later appointed Admiral Anderson as U.S. Ambassador to Portugal.

Admiral Anderson died on March 20th, 1992 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Past Speakers:

  • Commander Mike Abrashoff, USN (Ret.)
  • Commander Robert Curbeam, USN
  • Captain Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.)
  • Commander Kirk S. Lippold, USN
  • General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)
  • Colonel Kevin M. McDonnell, USA
  • Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey W. Eggers, USN
  • Major Christopher Bronzi, USMC
  • Major Allen D. Grinalds, USMC
  • Mr. Ken Curley, Raymond Associates LLC Founder
  • Commander John S. Coffey, USN
  • Rear Admiral Frank A. Morneau, USN
  • Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo
  • Dr. David M. Abshire
  • Vice Admiral William E. Gortney, USN
  • Lieutenant General John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)
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