Past Events Library - Virtual Series

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Please see the list below of the individual links to the virtual lectures on the new Continental Commandery YouTube Channel.

Inaugural Virtual History Lecture

10th Archivist of the United States / Navy Vietnam Veteran

Mr. David Ferriero

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lively discussion between the Continental Commandery Commander and the National Archivist about the role of the National Archives, the history of the Archives, and a perspective on the collection.

June 2020 - Virtual History Lecture

13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

MCPOCG Jason Vanderhaden

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A dialogue about leadership and the importance of the Master Chief Petty of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG). Former MCPOCG, Vincent Patton, Ph.D. also shares his perspectives and insights.

July 2020 - Virtual History Lecture

Navy Safe Harbor Foundation

RADM Christopher Cole & Mrs. Heidi Weller

Wednesday, July 29 - 4:30pm EST

Aug 2020 - Virtual History Lecture

Military Historian; currently curator of military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Nov 2020 - Virtual History Lecture

Candid conversation with the distinguished co-author of: Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

Tayler Baldwin Kiland

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Reflections on High Performance Teams derived from the life and events of the prisoners of war held at the "Hanoi Hilton" in North Vietnam.

Jan 2021 - Virtual History Lecture

Insights into the Future of the US Navy Museum

Thursday, 28 January 2021


K. Denise Rucker Krepp

Naval History and Heritage Command.

Ms. Krepp began her career as an active duty Coast Guard officer. After September 11, 2001, Ms. Krepp helped create the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. She served as Senior Counsel on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. During the first Obama Administration, Ms. Krepp served as the Maritime Administration Chief Counsel and Special Counsel to the U.S. Department of Transportation General Counsel.

Ms. Krepp is also an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, DC.

April 2021 - Virtual History Lecture

"Known But to God: America's 20th Century Wars and the Search for the Missing" Thursday, 29 April 2021


Kenneth Breaux, CDR (Ret), USN

Founder & President, MIA Recovery Network, 501.c(3)


The basis for the lecture will be the outline of a book currently being edited for publication entitled “Known But to God; America’s 20th Century Wars and the Search for the Missing”.

It will trace the history of accounting for and honoring the dead from World War I through WWII, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam. Topics will include the role of the Quartermaster Corps in all Wars, and the foundation of the American Battle Monuments Commission. A central theme will be the continuing efforts to recover and identify the more than 75,000 still missing from World War II, and the development of the current actions of the Defense Missing Personnel Accounting Agency and the role of Ken Breaux’s organization, the MIA Recovery Network, a non-profit organization which acts as an advocacy group for families of the missing and researchers pursuing cases of missing in action soldiers.

May 2021 - Virtual History Lecture

"Commodore Matthew Perry and the Legacy of the first US Treaty with Japan"


Thursday, 27 May 2021 (1630 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


HMCM (FMF) Mark T. Hacala, USN (Ret)

Ceremonies specialist, training officer, and historian for the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard in Washington, DC.


During this Continental Commandery NOUS Virtual History Lecture, HMCM(FMF) Mark T. Hacala, USN (Ret) will brief us on two topics. The first presentation will be about Commodore Matthew Perry. MCPO Hacala will review Commodore Perry’s naval leading to his two visits to Japan, his 1853 visits – including the Treaty of Kanagawa – and the legacy of the first U.S. treaty with Japan. His second presentation will be about the sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, on 15 February 1898. After briefing listeners on the Maine’s commissioning and early service, MCPO Hacala will describe the explosion and its impact. He’ll wrap up this presentation by showing participants various artifacts from the Maine.

July 2021 - Navy History Lecture

"Operation Frequent Wind - USS Midway's Final Mission in Vietnam"


Thursday, 29 July 2021 (1630 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Stephanie Dinh

Volunteer docent at the USS Midway Museum and a member of the Speakers’ bureau.


Stephanie Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. In April 1975, her family, comprised of her mother, father, four sisters & a brother, was brought by the USS Midway from Vietnam to the U.S.A. She was 15 years old at that time. Subsequent to her arrival in the U.S., her family settled in Monmouth, Illinois, and later moved to southern California. Her first taste of American food was chicken casserole, when she was onboard the USS Midway. She learned to speak/write English & Spanish and became trilingual. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree with strong emphasis in biological science/Safety Engineering. Presently, she is an Agriculture Training/Plant Protection Quarantine officer with the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), having been with the department for over 30 years.

August 2021 - Navy History Lecture

"The Bay of Pigs: A Perspective after 60 Years"


Thursday, 26 August 2021 (1630 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Anthony Atwood, PhD.

Director of the Miami Military Museum


Our guest speaker will be Dr. Anthony Atwood, Director of the Miami Military Museum (https://lnkd.in/eUj9Ke-5). During the Eisenhower administration, the Monroe Doctrine still informed U.S. policy in the Caribbean. Although the U.S. initially supported Fidel Castro and his government in Cuba, relations deteriorated rapidly once Castro nationalize all U.S. property and turned to the USSR for support. Relations deteriorated even further in 1961 after the failed U.S. -sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion. In July 1962, at Castor’s request, Nikita Khrushchev agreed to place missile launch facilities in Cuba. Thus began one of the most dramatic crises of the cold war. During this lecture, Dr. Anthony Atwood, will explain the events that unfolded between 16 October and 20 November, 60 years ago.”

November 2021 - Navy History Lecture

"The USS Midway Story"


Thursday, 18 November 2021 (1630 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


John Landry

Docent USS Midway Museum


John discusses how the USS Midway Museum became the 5th most popular museum of any type in the United States (35,000 museums!). Discover the “secret sauce” that draws nearly 1.4 million visitors from around the world and why Midway has become one of San Diego’s most valued community resources and America’s emerging living symbol of freedom.

Whenever you are in San Diego, please take time to visit.

December 2021 - Navy History Lecture

"The Battle of Coral Sea"


Thursday, 16 December 2021 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


John Landry

Docent USS Midway Museum


This is a story of a daring, perilous, high stakes gamble by Admiral Nimitz to attack the Japanese navy who had the most powerful, lethal navy in the world. There was no certain victory for the US Navy fighting in the Coral Sea some 4,300 miles from its base in Pearl Harbor.

You will see young, inexperienced US naval aviators brave the hail of bullets and attacking fighters to deliver a crippling blow to the Japanese plans to capture Port Moresby, New Guinea. In taking Port Moresby, Japan intended to extend its empire, dominate the Pacific Basin and capture the rich resources of the area.

January 2022 - History Lecture

"USS Olympia and the Shaping of the Modern Era"


Thursday, 27 January 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Peter S. Seibert

President & CEO, Independence Seaport Museum


Leading America to victory at the Battle of Manila Bay, Olympia is regarded by many as both the herald of American military and political presence in the Pacific and the birthplace of an independent Philippines. Olympia’s history includes carrying supplies to combat the Spanish Flu epidemic in the Adriatic, supporting American interests during the Russian Revolution, and honorably transporting the Unknown Solider of World War One back home.


Peter S. Seibert brings an award-winning, three-decade career from notable institutions including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the National Council for History Education, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He currently serves on the Board of Pennsylvania Museums and is a former Board member of the Demuth Foundation, the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National History Day Advisory Board.

February 2022 - History Lecture

"Second Chances at Sea"


Thursday, 24 February 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Lieutenant Garrett Richards, USN

Operating a Naval Warship on the high seas has long been a dangerous and difficult job. Accidents and mishaps have befallen many Captains and Junior Officers of America's sea services, including some of our Navy's most revered leaders. Before Alfred Thayer Mahan and Chester Nimitz were to redefine the legacy of the U.S. Navy, they both were involved in significant incidents that put America's ships and sailors at risk. As history reveals, these two men were offered a chance at redemption, however today's leaders are rarely afforded the same opportunity. This lecture explores the histories of Naval leaders.

Lieutenant Garrett Richards is a native of Hershey, PA, Garrett graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017 with a degree in History and Latin American Studies. While at Vanderbilt he participated in the Naval ROTC program under a four-year scholarship and was commissioned as a Naval Officer upon graduation. Prior to his service on the USS Detroit, Garrett served as the Gunnery Officer onboard the USS Benfold, a Guided-Missile Destroyer forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

March 2022 - History Lecture

The World War Two Art Collection at Brown University Library.


Thursday, 24 March 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Peter Harrington, Curator, John Hay Library at Brown University

The talk will describe how the World War Two Art Collection, which is part of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, was created over the last 25 years, and will include some of the highlights and a special focus on the Naval and Marine Corps artists represented.

Peter Harrington is an author, military historian, and archaeologist, who curates the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in the John Hay Library at Brown University where he has worked for over 37 years. A native of Manchester, England, he studied at London, Edinburgh, Simmons and Brown, and his research over the past three decades has focused on artists and images of war. For many years he taught a distance learning graduate course on the subject. His other area of research is Conflict Archaeology. He has authored and edited a number of books.

April 2022 - History Lecture

The Battle of Midway: Fresh Insights


Monday, 18 April 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Dale Jenkins, Author of the upcoming book: Diplomats and Admirals

Japanese Admiral Yamamoto planned an attack on Midway Island to draw out and sink the Pacific Fleet carriers. US cryptographers decoded the Japanese attack plan and Admiral Chester Nimitz planed a simultaneous concentration of force by the planes from Midway and the Pacific Fleet carrier planes. The Japanese were almost ready to deliver a devastating attack against the Pacific Fleet carriers, but at 1025 the Enterprise air group commander led Enterprise dive bombers, supplemented by Yorktown planes, that destroyed the Japanese carriers in the last possible moments to win the Battle of Midway.


Dale A. Jenkins has had a lifelong interest in the Navy and international affairs. He served for three years as an officer in the Navy, mostly on a destroyer in the Pacific. During his active duty he was home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan, and Pacific Fleet commitments took him to the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. While on active duty was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. As a result of his active duty experience and recent new revelations, Dale provides fresh insights into strategies and tactics of the Battle of Midway.

May 2022 - History Lecture

“The Navy’s Key Role in the Halsey-Doolittle Raid”


Wednesday, 18 May 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Dr. Dennis Okerstrom is Professor Emeritus at Park University

One of the best-known and feted events of World War II was the daring bombing raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities by Army Air Corps fliers led by then-Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle. Just four months after Pearl Harbor, this first-ever strike against the islands of Japan lifted the morale of Americans; it was featured during the war in films and books; it is credited with destroying the early illusion of invincibility of the Imperial Japanese Forces. The response of Japanese military leaders to the raid resulted in what is often credited as the turning point in the Pacific war: the Battle of Midway.


Dr. Dennis Okerstrom is Professor Emeritus at Park University near Kansas City, Missouri, retiring in 2018 after 35 years of teaching; the Mary Barlow Professor of Language and Literature, he held posts as head of the Liberal Studies Department and chair of the English Department.

June 2022 - History Lecture

“Aircraft Carriers on the Great Lakes during World War II”


Thursday, 23 June 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Christopher N. Blaker

During the early twentieth century, scores of Americans sailed the Great Lakes on luxury excursion steamships that were built for speed, comfort, and extravagance. While all those ships provided passengers pleasant voyages between freshwater ports, two of their number— Seeandbee and Greater Buffalo—went on to serve an even higher purpose, being converted to the United States’ only freshwater aircraft carriers during World War II. To keep aircraft carrier pilots-to-be far from any combat area during their training and qualification, many were sent to the Great Lakes region to learn the ropes aboard these two training carriers, now named USS Wolverine (IX-64) and USS Sable (IX-81).


Christopher N. Blaker works for the U.S. Department of the Navy as an editor of scholarly books and journals at Marine Corps University Press in Quantico, Virginia. He is an American historian specializing primarily in Navy and Marine Corps activities during World War II and in the Great Lakes region. His articles have appeared in Marine Corps History, Leatherneck, and Michigan History, and he served as coeditor of the Marine Corps History Division anthology U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2010–2014 (2017). He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Albion College and a master’s degree in American history from Oakland University. A native of Farmington, Michigan, he now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

September 2022 - History Lecture

Torpedo Development During the 1920's


Thursday, 29 September 2022 (1930 hours)


Military Historian; currently curator of military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr.


In 1922, the Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island initiated Project G-53 to develop a magnetic influence torpedo exploder. Four years later, this effort produced a prototype suitable for live-fire testing. Refined and “perfected” by the late 1920s, the now-designated Mark 6 Mod 1 Exploder seemingly offered the Navy’s Submarine Service a “wonder weapon” capable of efficiently and effectively destroying targets. To complement the magnetic influencer, the Torpedo Station also included an impact detonator element in the complete Mark 6 exploder.


In January 2017, Dr. Blazich assumed his current position as curator of modern military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. His first edited book, Bataan Survivor: A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II, was published by the University of Missouri Press in February 2017. His second book, “An Honorable Place in American Air Power”: Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 1943-1943, was published by Air University Press in December 2020.

October 2022 - Virtual Lecture

Revenue Cutter Captain “Hell Roarin’” Mike Healy—tamer of America’s final frontier


Thursday, 27 October 2022 (1900 hours Eastern). Join us as we honor the USCG.


William H. Thiesen, PhD. Atlantic Area Historian, US Coast Guard

Michael Healy made a lasting impression on American history as the first man of African-American heritage to receive a U.S. sea service commission and first to command a Federal ship. As a powerful law enforcement officer in Alaska Territory, he helped shape the history of this lawless maritime frontier. During Healy’s career in Alaska, he explored, policed, protected, nurtured, defended and helped preserve the humans and animals that survived in that forbidding land. This paper will explore the life and career of Captain Michael Healy, the most colorful and controversial officer in the history of the United States Coast Guard.


Dr. Thiesen serves as Atlantic Area Historian for the United States Coast Guard. Dr. Thiesen earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University’s Program in Maritime History, with a concentration in naval history; and a Ph.D. in University of Delaware’s Hagley Program in the History of Industrialization and Technology, with a specialization in maritime industries and technology. His books include Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design and Construction, 1820-1920 and Cruise of the Dashing Wave: Rounding Cape Horn in 1860.

November 2022 - Virtual Lecture

Mastering the Art of Command: A Reflection


Thursday, 17 November 2022 (1900 hours Eastern)


Mr. Trent Hone. Naval Historian and Vice President, ICF International.

Admiral Chester Nimitz was one of the most effective military leaders of World War II. In his new book, Mastering the Art of Command: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Victory in the Pacific War, Trent Hone examines Admiral Nimitz's leadership and argues that Nimitz's effectiveness was based on an artistic approach that allowed him to maximize the potential of his command, wrest the initiative from the Japanese, and create the conditions for victory in the Pacific. In this talk, Mr. Hone will explore Nimitz's artistic approach in detail and highlight how core attributes of Nimitz's leadership allowed Nimitz and his subordinates to readily adapt and adjust to new information and maximize the effectiveness of their command and organizational structures. Mr. Hone will integrate command and operational history to describe the war as it appeared from Nimitz's headquarters and how Nimitz mastered the art of command.

Trent Hone is an award-winning naval historian and Vice President with ICF International, based in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Hone's work is fueled by an interest in organizational learning and operational effectiveness. He consults with organizations to improve their art of practice, accelerate learning, and innovate more effectively.