John Curatola, PhD

Military Historian

John Curatola is the Samual Zemurray-Stone Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Marine Corps officer of 22 years, he is a veteran of Operation Provide Hope in Somalia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami relief effort. He holds masters’ degrees in both American and Military History. With a doctorate from the University of Kansas, John’s research focuses upon World War II, airpower, and the early Cold War period. Previously he taught history at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His first two books, “Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow” and “Autumn of Our Discontent,” assesses US national security and nuclear capabilities in the early Cold War period. His forthcoming work “Armies Afloat: Development of US Amphibious Capabilities in the European Theater during World War II” is scheduled for release by University of Kansas Press in spring 2025. His additional works are available in compendium books, popular magazines, websites, and academic journals with his many presentations available for viewing on CSPAN and YouTube.

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