John Rodgaard was born in Perth Amboy,
New Jersey on 23 December 1948. He is of Anglo-Danish descent and often
visits his English cousins in Kings Lynn. His father's family came from
Denmark and to this day fish in the North and Norwegian Seas.
He enlisted in
the Navy Reserve in 1969 and served as an Operations Specialist on a
two-year tour in the Mediterranean on USS Courtney. He left active service in
1973 and while working for Mack Trucks, Inc. graduated with a degree in
history and political science from Hood College. In 1980 he received
his M.A. in political science and became an an intelligence specialist
with the Office of Naval Intelligence. He was recalled to active duty
in 1999 and the following year became one of the Deputy Directors for
Intelligence in the National Military Joint Intelligence Center.
In 2003, he was promoted to Captain in the Navy Reserve. In 2006 he
returned to civilian life while maintaining his affiliation with the
in imagery and its interpretation has led to him being called on as an
expert witness in historical investigations on television ranging from examining the
evidence for a Japanese midget submarine having participated in the
attack on Pearl Harbour to determining the position of Hitler's bunker
2005, he co-authored with Claude Berube the first biography of Captain
Charles Stewart, USN – “A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart of
the USS Constitution.”
Captain Rodgaard is an avid baseball and soccer fan. He is
married to Dr. Judith E. Pearson, PhD and he has two adult children
from a previous marriage and one granddaughter.
Captain Rodgaard took over as lead author when his good friend, Bob Moore, the former CO of TS Venomous and the author and publisher of the first edition, died in 2007.