4th Legacy Lecture
4th Annual Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture
featuring Dr. Craig Symonds
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
National Defense University
Lincoln Hall Auditorium
260 5th Avenue, Fort McNair
Dr. Craig L. Symonds
Professor Emeritus, United States Naval Academy
Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. During a thirty-year teaching career at the Academy, including a four-year term as Department Chair, Dr. Symonds was the first person to win both the Academy’s “Excellence in Teaching” award (1988) and its “Excellence in Research” award (1998). He also received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal on three occasions. He was Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. After retirement in 2005, Dr. Symonds returned to the Naval Academy for one year in 2011-12 to serve as “The Class of 1957 Distinguished Professor of American Naval History.” In 2014, he was awarded the Dudley Knox Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Naval Historical Foundation.
Dr. Symonds is the author or editor of twenty-eight books, including prize-winning biographies of Civil War figures Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999). His 2005 book, Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History, and his 2008 book, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the Lyman Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. He won the Nevins-Freeman Prize in 2009. More recently he has focused on World War II naval issues. His book on The Battle of Midway was published in 2011, and NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings (2014) won both the John Barry Prize and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize.
The Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture is made possible through the generous endowment of the late Ambassador F. Haydn Williams, a WWII veteran, former chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission's WWII Memorial Site and Design Committee, and chairman emeritus of Friends of the National World War II Memorial.