Welcome to the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States. The New York Commandery hosts a number of educational and social events throughout the year, and builds comradery between its companions in support of the naval services. Membership in the Naval Order is by invitation only. If you have an interest, join us at one of our events.
To encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects, preserve documents, portraits and other records of prominent figures deeds and memories of our naval and maritime history, and through fellowship of our members advance the Naval Order's unselfish service and worthy aims for the security and enduring well-being of our country. To foster, among all American citizens, informed interest in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, with the understanding that their efficiency is essential to national security and that readiness to make victory in war certain and speedy will deter aggression and minimize dangers to world peace.
President and CEO US Navy Memorial
HONORING, RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING SAILORS
IN THE 21ST CENTURY AT THE NAVY MEMORIAL
RACQUET & TENNIS CLUB
370 Park Avenue (at 52nd Street)
New York City
Gentlemen guests are required to wear jacket and tie in the club.
Rear Admiral Thorp joined the United States Navy Memorial as President and CEO
on July 25, 2016.
He has held senior communication positions in the corporate, not-for-profit and
government sectors. In 2013, he founded Quattro Communications, a
communications consulting company with national and international clients. Prior to
that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for
the USO Worldwide and was the Vice President for Communications & Government
Operations for AM General, manufacturer of the HUMVEE.
In his twenty-eight year Navy career, Admiral Thorp served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief
of Information, the principal spokesman for the Department of the Navy. Prior to
that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Joint Communication)
where he was responsible for overseeing Department of Defense strategic
His other assignments include Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Naval
Personnel. He also served as the Public Affairs Officer for the Naval Surface Forces
Pacific Fleet, led the Navy’s National News Desk and was the Chief of Media for US
Central Command (forward) during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Admiral Thorp completed a fellowship at Hill & Knowlton Worldwide Public Affairs in
Washington D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval
Academy, a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Broadcast Journalism from American
University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Arts in National Security and
Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
CAPT Howard Freiburger, USN (Ret)
"And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
I served in the United States Navy.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, US Navy Lieutenant & 35th President of the United States