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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 28, 1921
Date of death: June 14, 1943
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

1942 Barleon LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Red, Rojo, Dick

With his cheery smile, humorous outlook, and that big shock of red hair, Dick is a prominent member of any group. His remarkable ability to keep people awake when they most want to sleep will be a valuable addition to a mid-watch aboard any ship. "Rojo" believes in enough study to get good grades, enough sports to have useful recreation, and plenty of fun in everything.

Soccer 4, 3, 2, aNAf; Lacrosse 2; Battalion Wrestling; Battalion Lacrosse; Stamp Club 4, 3, 2; Great Guns; 2/c P.O.; 2 Stripes.

Unclear what “aNAf" means.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


From The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on June 16, 1943:

Arrangements were made today for the burial in Arlington National Cemetery of Lt. (jg) Richard L. Barleon, U.S.N. son of Capt. John S. Barleon, chief of staff of the first naval district who drowned in San Francisco Harbor yesterday.

In line of duty.

Naval headquarters here announced that young Barleon was engaged in diving operations at a dry dock, but that he evidently used up oxygen faster than it was supplied to him. In addition to his parents, he is survived by an old brother, Lieut John S. Barleon Jr., and two sisters.

Both his father and his older brothers were Naval Academy graduates.

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