Lieutenant Commander Larry Parker, U.S. Navy, served as a Surface Warfare Officer, with afloat tours onboard USS De Wert (FFG-45) as Ordnance & Fire Control Officer, USS Butte (AE-27) as Operations Officer and USS Portland (LSD-37) as First Lieutenant. Rotations ashore included Commanding Officer Navy Reserve Center Cheyenne, Executive Officer Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Denver and N1/3/6/7 Navy Reserve Readiness Command Region 16 Minneapolis. He retired in July 2000 and taught Navy Junior ROTC until June 2011. LCDR Parker holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and History from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Military Studies – Land Warfare from American Military University. In his free time LCDR Parker pursues a lifelong passion for military history. His articles are the result of extensive research and personal experience in surface warfare, fleet logistics and amphibious operations. More of his work can be found at

Articles by Larry Parker

CSS Arkansas

The Devil is in the Details

By Lieutenant Commander Larry Parker, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2022
The fate of Memphis, Vicksburg, and the ironclad CSS Arkansas in the Civil War offer a classic example of the ‘for want of a nail’ proverb.

Tanks, But No Tanks

By Lieutenant Commander Larry Parker, U.S. Navy (Retired)   
November 2021
The Marine Corps has decided to divest itself of heavy armor. Battlefield experience suggests it could regret this decision.