Larkin Spivey is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and a retired Marine Corps officer. He commanded infantry and reconnaissance units in combat, and was trained in parachute, submarine, Ranger, and Special Forces operations. He was with the blockade force during the Cuban Missile Crisis and served President Nixon in the White House. As a faculty member at The Citadel, he taught courses in U.S. military history, a subject of lifelong personal and professional interest.
Spivey is a South Carolina native and long time resident of Myrtle Beach. Since retiring from the Marine Corps he has been active in local business and community affairs, owning and managing a recreational vehicle resort and real estate development company, and serving on numerous local and regional boards and associations. He is an active member, lay eucharistic minister, and former vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church and has been active in the Episcopal Cursillo movement and the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association. He is an honor graduate and former Regimental Commander of The Citadel and earned a masterï¿½s degree at George Washington University and a Doctorate Degree from Phoenix University of Theology.
He now writes and speaks full time on the theme of how God has blessed America and how individuals have been blessed by their faith in God during wartime. His books include God in the Trenches, Miracles of the American Revolution, Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Korean War, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War, A Skeptic's Guide to God, and A Skeptic's Guide to God Group Study. He has made numerous television and radio appearances nationwide and speaks frequently to veteran, civic, and church groups with his patriotic and spiritual message. He now resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, with his wife, Lani, formerly of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and their extended family.