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Dr. John Gordon To Speak At Naval Academy Shifley Lecture Series

Posted on: October 31, 2013 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: 054-13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –  Dr. John Gordon will present the next Vice Adm. Ralph L. and Frances Shifley lecture series Friday, Nov. 1, at noon in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

The lecture will include a discussion on Gordon’s book, “Fighting for MacArthur:  The Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines.”

Gordon is currently a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation following a 20-year career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Gordon has authored and co-authored several RAND studies on counterinsurgency and irregular warfare. He has authored numerous articles on military subjects in a variety of professional journals and in the World War II history book, “Fighting for MacArthur, the Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines.”

As an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown and George Mason Universities, Gordon also teaches graduate-level courses on counterinsurgency and military operations. He has a Bachelors Degree in History from The Citadel, a Masters in International Relations from St Mary’s University in San Antonio, a MBA from Marymount University, and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University.

This lecture series is funded by the Class of 1950 Museum Endowment in recognition of the significant contribution made by the Shifley Trust. Frances Shifley established the trust following the death of her husband, Vice Adm. Ralph L. Shifley. Shifley was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1933, as well as a highly decorated, fearless naval aviator who had an outstanding career in the U.S. Navy.  He participated in WWII operations against the Japanese at New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, the Palaus, and the Philippines. Foremost among those engagements was the Battle of the Philippine Sea, where he led his Air Group to be first over the target inflicting great damage on the Japanese fleet. For this action he was awarded the Navy Cross, having been awarded a Distinguishing Flying Cross for earlier exploits. The carrier Bunker Hill and his Air group were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

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