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

Richard Latture was the editor-in-chief of Naval History magazine from 2005 to 2019.

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

William Forbes-Sempill shows Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo the interior of a British-built Sparrowhawk fighter in 1921.

On Our Scope

By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief
December 2019
A naval adage all too often overlooked by historians is that to fight you must stay afloat, well illustrated in this issue's theme of damage control and naval aviation.
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.
HMAS Australia

ACTION REPORT: HMAS Australia off Luzon

By Richard Latture
October 2022
During the Lingayen operation January 1945, HMAS Australia was hit five times by suicide bombers. Except for the hole in the ship’s side and the casualties among AA crews, her ...