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Captain John A Rodgaard USN (Ret)

John Rodgaard, authorCaptain Rodgaard has over 41 years with the naval service of the United States including 12 years as a petty officer and 29 years of commissioned service as a naval intelligence officer.

He had several active duty tours as a reservist including two years in the Mediterranean on the destroyer escort, USS Courtney, DE-1021. He has also served on navy and joint intelligence tours with Submarine Group 8, Carrier Group 4, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the J2 Defense Intelligence Agency, Commander Submarines Mediterranean, the US European Command and the Navy Staff. Captain Rodgaard completed four years of active service with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency as a senior collection officer and strategist.

As a civilian, Captain Rodgaard has been employed as a contract intelligence analyst with the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Air Force U-2 Programme and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He is a published author and a contributor to several television programmes in the Discovery Channel’s Unsolved History series and the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) NOVA Science Show, “Killer Submarines of Pearl Harbor”. He was the US Naval Institute’s Author of the Year 2000 and is a frequent contributor to the Institute’s Naval History Magazine. He co-authored the only biography of Commodore Charles Stewart, USN the most successful fighting captain of the USS Constitution. In 2018 The Naval Institute Press will publish his next book, Yankees in Nelson’s Navy. The story of those North Americans who served in the Royal Navy between 1793 and 1837.

Captain Rodgaard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, a Masters in Political Science, and is a graduate of the United States Naval War College. He is married to Judith Pearson, PhD from Kansas City, Missouri. Captain Rodgaard took over as lead author when his good friend, Bob Moore, the former CO of TS Venomous and the author and publisher of the first edition, died in 2007.

Capt John A Rodgaard USN at TS Vancouver, Kings LynnRodgaard Presents Book to Sea Cadet atv Kings Lynne
Left: Capt John A Rodgaard USN (Ret) presenting a copy of the previous edition to TS Vancouver in Kings Lynn in 2010
From left PO Brian Wratten, OIC TS Vancouver, Ms. Lorraine Werendel (cousin of the author), Capt John Rodgaard USN and PO Cadet Jade Chasney
Right: Presenting the new 480 page hardback edition to PO Sean Moore of TS Vancouver on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Captain Rodgaard's Mother is from Kings Lynn and he has cousins living in the town. On Monday the 13 December 2010 he presented a copy of A Hard Fought Ship to the Sea Cadets of Kings Lynn at TS Vancouver which is named after the discoverer of Vancouver Island who was born at Kings Lynn. HMS Vancouver, a V & W Class destroyer, was renamed HMS Vimy to honour those who died at Vimy, France, in World War 1.

Previous speaking engagements

Les Proctor, HMS Hecla, in 2012
He has talked about A Hard Fought Ship at several venues in Britain to include, the South West Maritime History Society, Bristol; the Society for Nautical Research Centenary Conference, Glasgow; Loughborough Town Hall, Leicestershire, Training Ship Vancouver, King’s Lynn, and the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.

In North America, He has talked about the book at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia; The New York City Commandery, Naval Order of the United States; St Martin’s Military History Society, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas, and the Naval Historical Foundation, National Museum of the US Navy, Washington, DC.

If you live in the USA you can buy signed copies of the hardback edition (2017) from the author

Or order unsigned copies online from Amazon.com

 The new edition of A Hard Fought ship was launched at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London,  on 9 May 2017

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