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Thomas Joshua Cutler is a retired United States naval officer, naval historian, author, and editor. He is "one of the most prolific authors in the history of the Naval Institute Press in terms of sold books."[1]

Family, early life, and education[edit | edit source]

The son of Torrence Manasseh and Helen Margaret (Gans) Cutler, Thomas J. Cutler was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 30 August 1947. He graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 and later earned a Master of Arts degree at Norwich University in 1988. He married Deborah Walsh Welch Cutler in 1971 and the couple had two children.[2]

Naval career and education[edit | edit source]

Cutler enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965 and rose to become a Gunner's Mate Second Class. Commissioned an ensign in 1969, he rose through the officer grades until he was commissioned a lieutenant commander in 1979 remaining on active duty until 1990. His active duty included an in-country combat tour in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, command of small craft, service in two aircraft carriers, three destroyers, and a guided-missile cruiser. While at the United States Naval Academy, serving between 1981 and 1990, where he was senior lecturer and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Seamanship and Navigation Department, and later, Associate Chairman of the History Department, he was awarded the William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education (military teacher of the year).[2][3]

Civilian career[edit | edit source]

Cutler founded and served as the first Director of the Walbrook Maritime Academy in Baltimore, also commanding the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit there. In 1981, he became an associate editor of the U.S. Naval Institute and rose to become the Institute's Director of Professional Publishing and currently holds the Gordon England Chair of Professional Naval Literature.[3]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

The Bluejacket's Manual, 24th edition.

  • Brown Water, Black Berets: Coastal & Riverine Warfare in Vietnam (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1989)
  • The U.S. Naval Academy: An Illustrated History, by Jack Sweetman, 2nd edition, revised by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1995)
  • The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 23–26 October 1944 (New York: HarperCollins, 1994, 1996; Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2001)
  • Dutton's Nautical Navigation, 15th edition, (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2004)
  • Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations compiled and edited by Deborah W. Cutler and Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2005)
  • Dictionary of Naval Terms 6th edition, compiled and edited by Deborah W. Cutler and Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2005)
  • A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2005)
  • NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the U.S. Navy(Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2008)
  • The Bluejacket's Manual 22nd, 23rd (Centennial), 24th, and 25th editions. (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute)
  • The Citizen's Guide to the U.S. Navy (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2012)
  • The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Strategy, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Leadership, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Command, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • The Parent's Guide to the U.S. Navy, (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2017)
  • The U.S. Naval Academy: The History, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • The U.S. Naval Academy: The Challenges, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • Women in the Navy: The History, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • Women in the Navy: The Challenges, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • The U.S. Navy Reserve, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2015)
  • The Panama Canal, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • The United States Coast Guard, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2017)
  • Vietnam: Coastal and Riverine Warfare, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • Vietnam: A Retrospective, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • The Marine Corps at War, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • Marine Corps Aviation, edited by Thomas J. Cutler (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2016)
  • The Battle of Leyte Gulf at 75: A Retrospective (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 2019)

Some of Cutler's works have been selections of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book of the Month Club.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "2015 Dudley W. Knox Medal Recipients," Pull Together: Newsletter of the Naval Historical Foundation, vol. 54. no. 3 (Summer 2015), p. A-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Marquis Who's Who in the East online
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Thomas J. Cutler". U.S. Naval Institute. http://www.usni.org/author/thomas-j-cutler. 
  4. "Knox Lifetime Achievement Awards Honor Naval Institute Authors". 21 September 2015. https://www.navalhistory.org/2015/09/21/knox-lifetime-achievement-awards-honor-naval-institute-authors. 

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