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Noted WWII Writer Visits The MARINE Shop
On 30 March 2012, The Marine Corps Association & Foundation hosted a "Meet the Author" & Book Signing Event with John Gordon, author of Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines at The MARINE Shop at Quantico, Virginia. In attendance for the OCS Family Day, numerous family members and friends of the Corps visited The MARINE Shop and had the opportunity to meet John Gordon.
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and veteran artilleryman from Lakewood, NJ, John Gordon tells the story of how the Navy and the Marine Corps played a vital supporting role under General Douglas MacArthur during the five-month, Philippines campaign during WWII. When asked what inspired him to write the book, Mr. Gordon stated that at the time there was a wide range of material about what the Army did in the Philippines. As he learned more about how the Navy and the Marine Corps tried to defend the Philippines, he noticed these two military branches were not being adequately recognized for their contributions.
Six years Ago, Gordon took his story to the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), and worked on the book from 2007 to 2010, and in October 2011, Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines was released. While doing his research, Gordon was fortunate to meet a number of veterans of the Philippines campaign. When asked what he found interesting in researching the Philippines campaign, Gordon stated that he was able to tell the Japanese side of the story, and how they felt to fight against American Naval personnel and Marines.
John Gordon has written widely on subjects related to defense and public policy and also serves as an adjunct professor at George Mason and Georgetown Universities. MCA&F invites, and encourages noted authors with books about Marine Corps History to be a part of the “Meet the Author” and book signing events. These events are great ways to meet noted authors and everyone is cordially invited to attend. View MCA&F’s upcoming professional events and book signing schedule here.
MCA&F is dedicated to Marine professional development. Through the Commanders’ Professional Forums and PME’s with presentations and discussions from noted authors and scholars, Marines have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of military art and science and appreciation of current issues.
You can support Marine professional development and advanced leadership by joining MCA&F. You will have access to our flagship magazines, Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck, to stay informed about issues affecting Marines as well as unfolding Marine Corps history. Members receive other benefits including discounts with affinity partners and member value pricing at MCA&F retail locations.
Check out the video with Leatherneck Editor, Colonel Walt Ford, USMC (Ret) speaking with noted author, John Gordon on his book, Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines.
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- FIGHTING FOR MCARTHUR: The Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines (Book Review)
- Exclusive Author Interviews (Magazine Page)
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