Date & Time

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Registration at 6:00 pm
Program at 6:30 pm

Open to the public.


Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


75 years ago, late 1944, marked the beginning of the end of the War in the Pacific.  In October, American forces began retaking the Philippines from Japanese troops. United States Army Air Forces launched a strategic bombing campaign against Japan. British forces recaptured Burma.

Join us on 26 September at the Marines’ Memorial Club to commemorate and learn about America’s efforts in the Pacific Theater.  Our guest speakers will be authors Walter R. Borneman and Jim Hornfischer.  Mr. Borneman will give insight to the four five-star admirals and their role in the broader Pacific conflict; Mr. Hornfischer will discuss his latest book, Total War in the Pacific, 1944-45. More information on our speakers can be found below.



Walter R. Borneman writes about American military and political history. His latest book, Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona, provides a very personal look at the attack through the eyes of the thirty-eight sets of brothers assigned to the ship. Mr. Borneman’s books include the national bestseller, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, and MacArthur at War, a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History, which focuses on MacArthur’s evolution as a military commander during World War II. Walt’s commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and on He has a master’s degree in history and a law degree and lives in Colorado.


James D. Hornfischer is the author of The Fleet at Flood Tide, Neptune’s Inferno, Ship of Ghosts, and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers and selections of the U.S. Navy Professional Reading Program, maintained by the Chief of Naval Operations. He is the coauthor with Marcus Luttrell of Service: A Navy SEAL at War. Hornfischer has written for the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Naval History and Naval Institute Proceedings. A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, he lives in Austin, Texas.