Charles C. Chadbourn III, Ph.D.

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Prior to joining the faculty of the Naval War College, Chadbourn served as a Surface Warfare Officer on destroyers in the Western Pacific with two tours to Vietnam. He continued serving in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a captain. He held three commands, including two of the largest reserve units in the United States. He was selected by Vice Adm. Stansfield Turner to open the first non-resident Fleet Seminar Program in Washington, DC, which has now expanded to more than a 1,000 students at fleet concentration sites around the country.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Professor of Strategy


Ph.D., University of Washington,1976, U.S. Naval and Diplomatic History

M.A., Louisiana Tech University, 1966, History

B.S., Louisiana Tech University, 1963, Zoology

Related Credentials

International Journal of Naval History

Awards and Decorations

Department of the Navy
Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Other Honors

National History Day
Volunteer of the Year

Naval Historical Foundation
Volunteer of the Year, 2021

External Memberships and Associations

Association of the United States Navy

Naval Historical Foundation

Naval Order of the United State

U.S. Naval Institute

Virginia Historical Society

Washington State Historical Society

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