John Brewster Hattendorf is born in Hinsdale, Illinois to William Homer Hattendorf and Dorothy Jane Hattendorf, and is raised by his parents in Western Springs, Illinois.
John B. Hattendorf receives a Bachelor of Arts in history from Kenyon College.
John B. Hattendorf is commissioned in the U.S. Navy, rising in the ranks to lieutenant and receiving a commendation for combat action in destroyers during the Vietnam War.
John B. Hattendorf receives a diploma from the Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime History in Mystic, Connecticut.
John B. Hattendorf receives a Master of Arts in history from Brown University.
The Naval War College appoints John Hattendorf assistant professor of strategy.
Professor Hattendorf receives a Doctor of Philosophy in modern history from the University of Oxford.
Professor Hattendorf serves as visiting professor of naval and military history at the National University of Singapore.
As the principal author of “Sailors and Scholars: The Centennial History of the Naval War College,” John Hattendorf is named Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History.
Kenyon College awards Professor Hattendorf an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, while serving as chairman of the Advanced Research Department at the Naval War College.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, United Kingdom awards Professor Hattendorf the Caird Medal.
The Naval War College appoints Professor Hattendorf chairman of the Maritime History Department and director of the Naval War College Museum.
The American Library Association awards the Dartmouth Medal to Professor Hattendorf as editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History.”
The Naval War College establishes the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History in honor of Professor Hattendorf.
The University of Oxford awards Professor Hattendorf a Doctor of Letters. The Oxford “Strategy and the Sea” conference papers are published as a festschrift in honor of John Hattendorf.
The Secretary of the Navy awards Professor Hattendorf the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, which is presented by the Chief of Naval Operations.
The Naval War College promotes Professor Hattendorf to Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History.
President of the Naval War College, Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley, establishes the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research in honor of Professor Hattendorf.
The Society of Nautical Research in the United Kingdom awards Professor Hattendorf its first Anderson Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
The Under Secretary of the Navy appoints Professor Hattendorf senior mentor in the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research at the Naval War College.