Portrait of Mr. Richard Latture in his office standing by framed covers of Naval History Magazine.

Richard Latture is Editor-in-Chief of Naval History, a magazine well-regarded by both academic historians and history enthusiasts—and published bi-monthly by the U. S. Naval Institute.

Richard joined the Institute staff in his present post during 2005.

Interested in history very early in life, Richard majored in the subject as an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University, then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in history at the University of Virginia.

Upon completion of graduate studies, he joined the staff of the national newspaper USA Today – working for 12 years as a researcher, reporter, and editor.

Before assuming his present post, Richard spent seven years editing MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military HistoryAmerica's Civil War and a number of other periodicals published by Primedia History Group.

Articles by Richard G. Latture

Verg Bloomquist posing with the August 2019 issue of Naval History

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
October 2019
Seventy-five years ago, the Pacific war reached a new level of horror ashore and of magnitude at sea and in the skies.
The Battle of the River Plate Movie Poster

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
August 2019
As Alan Zimm points out in his cover story, the British Admiralty desperately needed a victory in the early days of World War II.
Troops from USS LCI(L)-30 reach the beach in the second wave of the invasion of Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
June 2019
In this issue, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we seek out new perspectives on familiar, but highly significant, subjects.
Engraving of a naval gun crew preparing to fire its Dahlgren boat howitzer.

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
April 2019
One of the great things about history is that new, fascinating chapters—even on familiar topics—lie just beneath the surface.
Depiction of Ponta Delgada Harbor commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt and painted by Charles Edwin Ruttan.

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
February 2019
Naval History contributors range from professional historians to veterans to history buffs. But, for the magazine’s staff, the most appreciated authors are those who actively serve in the U.S. Sea ...
General David Shoup, USMC

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
December 2018
Seventy-five years ago, two future Marine Corps giants were in dire straits.
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Russell Waesche

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
October 2016
Pop quiz: Which 18th-century war included the most large-scale fleet battles? The American Revolution, I was surprised to learn from Sam Willis’ cover story, “American Independence and the Naval Factor.” ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
June 2014
About two weeks after D-Day, U.S. Navy Captain Harry “Savvy” Sanders, commander of Destroyer Squadron 18, recapped his experiences on 6 June 1944 in a letter to his friend Captain ...
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On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
April 2010
Welcome to an extra-special Naval History. Like any magazine editor, I'm always on the lookout for topics that will engage, educate, and entertain readers. And that's especially true when ...
Naval History & Heritage Command

On Our Scope

Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
February 2010
This issue of Naval History focuses on a tried-and-true war-at-sea topic-battleships. But instead of studying the behemoths' exploits in combat, our package examines the often-overlooked evolutionary period when the U.S. ...
Library of Congress

On Our Scope

Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
December 2009
Nearing a publishing deadline is always a hectic time for editors. That's especially true when the Naval History issue we're working on includes a bonus gatefold package. And as you ...
Naval History & Heritage Command

On Our Scope

Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
October 2009
Often, history's greatest battles are the hardest to understand. That's certainly true for Leyte Gulf, which took place 65 years ago. The confusing battle seemingly had it all: a pitched ...