2013 Speaker

RWB Veterans Banquet 2013 Speaker James D. Hornfischer

RWB Veterans Banquet 2013 Speaker James D. Hornfischer

JAMES D. HORNFISCHER is a naval historian and the author of three well-received books on World War II. His most recent book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal was a New York Times bestseller and a selection of the Chief of Naval Operations Reading List. He is also the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, which won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval History, and Ship of Ghosts, which tells the story of the heavy cruiser USS Houston, sunk in March 1942, whose survivors were POWs on the infamous Burma-Thailand Death Railway, the inspiration for the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

Hornfischer will discuss the American heroes of the USS Houston at the Red, White, and Blue Banquet.

Hornfischer has written for Smithsonian, Naval History magazine and the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on Fox News Channel, History Channel, Military Channel and C-SPAN’s “BookTV.” He lives in Austin with his wife and their three children. A native New Englander, he is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.