2017 Henry F. Schorreck Lecture Speaker Series
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On 3-7 June 1942, the United States defeated Japan in the Battle of Midway, one of the most decisive battles in world history. The battle regained the initiative in the Pacific for the United States after its setback at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 while placing Japan on the strategic defensive from which it never fully recovered. On the 75th Anniversary of this US naval victory, you are invited to hear ELLIOT CARLSON discuss the pivotal role that intelligence played in it. In particular, Carlson will discuss the breaking of JN-25, the Japanese Imperial Fleet’s operational code, by codebreakers at Station Hypo in Hawaii led by CMDR Joseph Rochefort USN.
Elliot Carlson traces his interest in the Pacific War to his first stop after graduate school, living in Hawaii and writing editorials for the Honolulu Advertiser. After winning a Congressional Fellowship that took him to Washington, Carlson began a journalistic career during which he worked as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He also free-lanced from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, writing for such publications as the International Herald Tribune and the Toronto Star. He served as editor of the AARP Bulletin until 2004, at which time he retired and resumed his interest in the Pacific War, beginning work on the Joe Rochefort biography.
Elliot’s current project is an investigation of the scandal that erupted in Washington in 1942 when the Chicago Tribune carried an article that seemed to reveal top secret Navy information. His book on this topic will be published by the Naval Institute Press this October.
Elliot holds degrees from Stanford University (MA) and the University of Oregon (BS); he lives with his wife in Silver Spring, MD.
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