Welcome to my blog, “The Port Rail.” I have posted short pieces on it on about a weekly basis. You can read these also in my OpEd column, The Port Rail, which appears weekly in The Tuscaloosa News, my hometown newspaper.

And you can go directly to my books on Amazon Author Central. Just toggle on the link on the left.

BTW, I spent a lot of time on the “port rail” (starboard one also!) looking out to sea while on the USS Donner (LSD 20) in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The view was sometimes magnificent while at sea, astonishing sometimes while in port (Port au Prince, Haiti, fall, 1965 for example).

So join me on the “Port Rail” as we explore what passes before our view. Just navigate to “Posts” on the menu above to get started, or simply toggle on one of the topics under “Categories” on the vertical box on the left side of this page.

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  1. Harry Dellinger

    August 18, 2019

    Larry, you recently did a Port Rail about good news. I haven’t communicated with you in a little while so I thought I would pass along some GOOD NEWS. Our youngest son, Rob, and wife Mollie, have fraternal twin girls who turned six months old today (8-18-19). We will be moving to the Birmingham area sometime next year to help out. Mollie’s parents are also trying to make their move from Oxford, Ms. to the B’ham area.


    • Harry,

      Good to hear from you! Would you believe that yesterday in Belks shopping for my wife’s birthday present, an American Legion guy, a Vietnam vet, was raising funds for the American Legion. We chatted a while and I told him about Jim, my closest personal connection to Vietnam. Glad you are moving to be closer to children and especially the twins! Keep in touch.


      168 The Highlands

      Tuscaloosa, Al. 35404


      205 310 3350 (cell)

      laclayton.com (blog)



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