Patrick K. O’Donnell / Combat Historian


NATIONAL Tour for the unknowns

Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation
March 2019


Rowfant Club
Wednesday, May 9
Cleveland, Ohio
7:30 PM

Boston Public Library

Monday, May 14
Boston, MA
6:00-7:30 PM

U.S. Army Heritage & Education
Center / US Army War College

Wednesday, May 16
Carlisle, PA
7:00 PM

Gaithersburg Festival of the Book

Saturday, May 18
Gaithersburg, MD
Gertrude Stein Pavilion
12:15 to 1:05 PM

National Museum of the U.S. Nav
Monday, May 21
Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
12:00 to 1:30 PM

Politics & Prose at The Wharf
(new store)
Monday, May 21
Washington, D.C.
7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 23 - 25

Pritzker Military Library and Museum

Monday, June 4
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM

Filson Historical Society

Tuesday, June 5
Louisville, KY
6:00 PM

National Archives

Friday, June 8
Washington, DC
William G. McGowan Theater
700 Constitution Ave NW
12:00 to 1:30 PM

Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, June 13
Washington, DC
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museum of the Marine Corps

Saturday, June 16
(changed from June 15)
Quantico, Virginia
12:00 to 3:00 PM

Virginia Historical Society

Wednesday, June 18
Richmond, VA
5:30 PM

Oregon (private event)

National Purple Heart Day, Keynote Speaker
Mount Vernon
Saturday, August 11, 10:30 AM.

National Museum of The Marine Corps
Saturday, August 18, Noon

Decatur Book Fair
Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, September 1, 4:15 PM

Sons of the Revolution, National Convention, Keynote Speaker
Nashville, Saturday
October 6, evening

California Book Tour & 3/1 Reunion
October 11-14

Donovan Awards
Washington, D.C.
October 20

Western Front Association
Gettysburg College, TBD
October 27

Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier

Friday and Saturday, November 2-3
Arlington, VA

Patriots Point Veteran’s Symposium, Keynote Speaker
Aircraft Carrier Yorktown, Charleston, SC
Thursday November 8

Keynote Speaker with Governor Sandoval
Nevada Veterans WWI Commemoration
Las Vegas/Boulder City
November 11

U.S. Army Center of Military History


OSD Pentagon Lecture Series


NY Historical Society

Monday, November 19 (author’s birthday)
New York, NY
6:00 PM

National WWII Museum
2018 International Conference on World War II

New Orleans, LA
Presenting on Nov. 30, 2018


Selected Presentations, Speeches, and Lectures

  • Recipient of the 2017 Daughters of the American Revolution National Excellence in American History Book Award—speaker at DAR National Convention, June 2017
  • USMC School of the Infantry, via LTG James Mattis
  • Captain’s Course, Fort Benning, via LTG H.R. McMaster
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • National Portrait Gallery 
  • New-York Historical Society
  • The Society of The Cincinnati—Anderson House  
  • President Ronald Reagan's Ranch, Rancho del Cielo 
  • The Heritage Foundation 
  • Mount Vernon—Ford Motor Company Evening Lecture Series 
  • Keynote speaker for the Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution at Yorktown 
  • Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Captain’s Course, USMC, Quantico 
  • Provided guided tours of Normandy, France (D-Day invasion beaches and drop zones) for USMC Fifth Marines, USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment
  • U.S. Army Special Forces Command Leadership Conference
  • DARPA Senior Leadership Conference 
  • NPR, Fox News, CNN, C-SPAN (BookTV), MSNBC (appeared on each program multiple times); subject of reviews and feature stories by hundreds of newspapers and radio programs


National Tour for Washington’s Immortals

  • Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, on the site of the Battle of Brooklyn (sold-out/standing-room only); Fox News and Global Catholic Television Network covered the event
  • John Batchelor (ABC Radio) hosted two, one-hour segments based on Washington’s Immortals.
  • Washington’s Immortals was a key element of the Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776.
  • National Park Service’s 235th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Greensboro, NC—keynote speaker (sold-out, standing-room only event)
  • Princeton Battlefield Society, Civil War Trust, Princeton, NJ—keynote speaker (sold-out event, standing-room only event)
  • David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, PA (sold-out, standing-room only event)
  • Politics & Prose, Washington, DC—keynote speaker 
  • Civil War Trust Fund Dinner, Baltimore, MD—keynote speaker to senior donors
  • Rowfant Club, Cleveland, OH—keynote speaker
  • NYC Revolutionary War Roundtable, New York City, NY—keynote speaker (sold-out)
  • Legendary historian Thomas Fleming presented O’Donnell a Certificate of Recognition for “his superb book” Washington’s Immortals.
  • Revolutionary War Roundtable, Mount Vernon, VA—keynote speaker; sponsored by Center for Military History historian Glenn Williams
  • World War II Round Table, Minneapolis, MN (fifth time presenting)
  • Pritzker Library and Museum, Chicago IL (seventh time presenting)
  • The Society of The Cincinnati, Anderson House, Washington, DC—keynote speaker (sold-out, standing-room only event)
  • Co-host, SiriusXM Radio: D-Day, June 6
  • Co-host, SiriusXM Radio: American Revolution—Eight Hours of the American Revolution, July 4
  • National Public Radio (NPR – Here & Now)
  • President Ronald Reagan’s Ranch, Santa Barbara, California—keynote speaker (standing-room only event)
  • Mount Vernon—Ford Distinguished Speakers Series in conjunction with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington—keynote speaker (sold-out, standing-room only event)
  • The Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC—keynote speaker (sold-out event)
  • Maryland Statehouse, Annapolis, MD keynote speaker (standing-room only event)
    • Hosted by Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan and the City of Annapolis to honor Washington’s Immortals
    • Introduced by the President of the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller
    • A portion of the event was held in the same chamber where General Washington resigned his commission to Congress.
  • Maryland History Roundtable, Maryland National Guard Armory, Baltimore, MD—keynote speaker; presentation to the leadership of the Maryland National Guard (sold-out, standing-room only event)
    • The 29th Division and 175th Infantry Regiment draw their lineage from Major Mordecai Gist and the Baltimore Independent Cadets, “Washington’s Immortals.”
    • Officially designated as an Honorary Member of the Regiment by the Secretary of the United States Army
  • Fraunces Tavern, New York City, NY—site of Washington’s farewell address to his officers (sold-out, standing-room only event) 
  • St. Edward High School, Lakewood, OH—addressed entire school of 1,000 students
  • O’Donnell’s alma mater selected four of his books as mandatory summer reading for each grade level.
  • Princeton Battlefield—Civil War Trust and Princeton Battlefield Society keynote speaker, tied to commemoration and reenactment of the battle
  • New-York Historical Society, New York City, NY (sold-out, standing-room only event)
  • Maryland National Guard “Pass and Review” of the entire 175th Infantry Regiment (29th Division), Maryland National Guard Armory, Baltimore, MD—honored guest and keynote speaker
  • Grand opening American Revolution Museum at Yorktown—3/29/2017
  • Maryland Historical Society May 2017 
  • Sons of the American Revolution National Convention 2018 
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