From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Baron '24

Date of birth: January 21, 1900

Date of death: March 15, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Richard, taken from a picture of the crew of USS Palos in Shanghai in 1934. He was the executive officer. Photo from an article on Palos in the April 1961 issue of Shipmate.

Richard was lost on March 15, 1942 during the bombing of Cebu City, Philippines.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by three daughters. From his granddaughter, Anne Wilson, via email on August 31, 2018:

He had three daughters: Mary Louise Swan Baron (later Wilson) my mother b. 12/12/1928 Richard’s first born by his first wife Lucy Porter Baron, then with his second wife Anne Pryor Baron, his two daughters Gerald Baron (Dixon) born during his service in Shanghai) and Anne Banister Baron (Manville).

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Richard Swan Baron (NSN: 0-58842), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as District Issuing Officer on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, SIXTEENTH Naval District, Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, during the bombardment of that station by enemy Japanese forces on 10 December 1941. Lieutenant Commander Baron entered a burning building at considerable risk to his life to recover confidential publications and carry them to safety to prevent their loss or the possibility of their falling into enemy hands. He later was sent to Cebu where he organized and commanded a defense unit. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States.

Service: Navy
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)


USS Baron (DE 166) was named for Richard; the ship was sponsored by his widow, Anne.

Class of 1924

Richard is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.