1942 The Perilous Year

September 16-17, 2022 - Fredericksburg, TX

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation is excited to welcome you back to this year’s Annual Symposium. Learn about the events and turning points that happened in 1942. Entitled “1942: The Perilous Year” explores how that year was truly the hinge point of all of WWII. Join us either in person or virtually on Friday, September 16th, and Saturday, September 17th to experience the opportunity of sharing information, insights, and questions. The event will be held in the National Museum of the Pacific War’s newly renovated ballroom in the Historic Nimitz Hotel at 340 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas.


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods around World War II in the Pacific. We especially recommend this symposium to educators, historians, and members of organizations that study these periods.


The 2022 symposium will be hybrid, hosting speakers and guests both in-person and online. In-person sessions will be live-streamed for online attendees, who can also participate in live Q/A.

In-Person Registration (includes access to all on-site sessions)

Please note In-Person Registration includes a light breakfast, a box lunch, and a happy hour. In-person registrants have the opportunity, for an additional cost, to join us for a dinner on Friday evening. The dinner will include a panel with some of our speakers and special guests in tribute to the esteemed author and historian Jim Hornfischer.

Virtual Registration (includes remote access to all sessions on Saturday 17, 2022)

Teachers & Librarian Scholarship Opportunity

Click >>HERE<< to apply for our scholarship opportunity. Your attendance at the Symposium can earn you CPE credits. We have virtual and in-person scholarships available. Apply today.

After you purchase your ticket. If you do not receive your registration confirmation email within 24 hours of purchase, please check your junk folder before contacting symposium@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 ext. 225


The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will honor a 50 percent refund on registration fees until August 16. On August 16, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Susan Kimbrell at 830-997-8600 ext. 223 to request a refund.

Member Virtual Registration

Member In-Person Registration

General Registration for In-Person

General Registration for Virtual

Speaker Lineup


Friday, September 16

3:00-5:00pm Check-in for attendees at the ballroom at the Historic Nimitz Hotel
5:30-8:00pm Symposium Dinner ( Additional Cost of $50)

Saturday, September 17

8:00-9:00am Attendee check-in in Historic Nimitz Hotel
8:30-9:00am Breakfast in Historic Nimitz Hotel
9:00-10:00am Session 1 (Keynote) | 1942: Crux of War
10:00-10:45am Session 2 | Guadalcanal: A Name that Will Endure in Honor
10:45-11:15am Break (book signings, refreshments, & networking)
11:15-12:00pm Session 3 | Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943
12:00-1:00pm Lunch on the patio of the Historic Nimitz Hotel
1:00-1:45pm Session 4 | Experiment in the Cockpit: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
1:45-2:30pm Session 5 | I Will be Lucky to Last Six Months: Chester Nimitz in 1942
2:30-3:00pm Break (book signings, refreshments, & networking)
3:00-4:00pm Session 6 (Roundtable) | Discussion with all speakers and Q&A
4:00-5:00pm Happy Hour

Session & Speaker Information

Session 2 | Guadalcanal: A Name that Will Endure in Honor

Richard B. Frank is an internationally recognized leading authority on the Asia-Pacific War. He published his first book Guadalcanal in 1990. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999 and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II. Both Random House books won awards and became main selections of the History Book Club. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.” He serves on the Board of Presidential Councilors of the National World War II Museum, including a term as head of that body. The first volume of his trilogy on the Asia Pacific War 1937-1945, Tower of Skulls, published in March 2020, was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History 2021.

Session 5 | I Will be Lucky to Last Six Months: Chester Nimitz in 1942

Craig L. Symonds is a professor of history emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught for thirty years and served as History Department Chair. From 2017 to 2020 he was the Ernest J. King Distinguished Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, RI. He is a four-time recipient of the Federal Government’s Superior Civilian Service Medal, and in 2014 he received the Dudley W. Knox Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Naval Historical Foundation. He is a Director Emeritus of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Symonds is the author of seventeen books, including Lincoln and His Admirals, which won the 2009 Lincoln Prize, and Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005) which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History. His books on World War II include The Battle of Midway (2011), Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings (2014), and World War II at Sea: A Global History (2018).His newest book is Nimitz at War: Command Leadership from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay (2022) which was released this spring.

Session 1 (Keynote) | 1942: Crux of War

Jonathan Parshall is an independent WWII scholar. He is co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, which is widely acclaimed as the definitive account of that crucial battle. He is also co-author of the shortly forthcoming In the Dark: Naval Combat at Night, 1904-1944. Parshall has been widely published in the Naval War College Review, Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval History magazine, WWII magazine, Wartime (the journal of the Australian War Memorial), and others. He established “The Imperial Japanese Navy Homepage” (www.combinedfleet.com) at the dawn of the internet in 1995, and has been its curator since. Parshall has also been a long-time lecturer for the U.S. Naval War College, and a frequent speaker at the National WWII Museum, the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and others. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Smithsonian, the BBC, and most recently on NetFlix’s “Road to Victory” series. He was a technical advisor to the remake of the movie “Midway,” as well as other TV shows. His research for the past twelve years has focused on a forthcoming new history of the year 1942. Jon lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two children, and two cats. In addition to writing, he enjoys cycling with his spouse, traveling, playing the bass and drums, and mixing a great cocktail.

Session 3 | Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

John C. McManus is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of U.S. military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). This professorship is bestowed by the University of Missouri Board of Curators on the most outstanding scholars in the University of Missouri system. McManus is the first-ever Missouri S&T faculty member in the humanities to be named Curators’ Distinguished Professor. As one of the nation’s leading military historians, and the author of thirteen well-received books on the topic, he is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator.

In addition to dozens of local and national radio programs, he has appeared on Cnn.com, Fox News, C-Span, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, the Smithsonian Network, the History Channel and PBS, among others. He also served as historical advisor for the bestselling book and documentary Salinger, the latter of which appeared nationwide in theaters and on PBS’s American Masters Series. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was in residence at the U.S. Naval Academy as the Leo A. Shifrin Chair of Naval and Military History, a distinguished visiting professorship. His current project is a major three-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific/Asia theater during World War II.

Session 4 | Experiment in the Cockpit: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

Katherine Sharp Landdeck, author of The Women With Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, is a Professor of History at Texas Women's University, the home of the WASP archives. A Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a Normandy Scholar, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her PhD, Landdeck has studied the WASP for over two decades. In addition to her work as a Silver Telly and Emmy award-winning documentary film producer, she has appeared as a historian on several other films globally including “World War II by Drone,” (Smithsonian Channel in U.S.) and “Pearl Harbor: Survivors Remember.” (History Channel in U.S.). She has also served as a consultant for a number of museums including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Seattle Museum of Flight. A sought-after speaker and historical consultant, Landdeck has appeared as an expert on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” PBS, the History Channel, C-Span, and can regularly be found on the television series "Mysteries of the Abandoned" on the Science Channel and Discovery. She has been co-host or expert on numerous podcasts including “The Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “World War II Television” with Paul Woodage in the U.K., the Smithsonian’s Stem in 30, and countless others. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Time, as well as in numerous academic and aviation publications. She is currently working on her next book project on flight nurses in Europe during World War II, including Prisoner of War Reba Whittle. Landdeck is a licensed pilot who flies whenever she can.


We have several hotels with room blocks available. To reserve your room call the hotel and mention the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Symposium. Your Symposium registration does not include hotel accommodations.

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites - $259-$309 per night (depending on room selection)
Hampton Inn
- $289 & $299 per night
Holiday Inn
- $297 per night
La Quinta
- $229 per night


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