From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ronald Boone '20

Date of birth: October 20, 1896

Date of death: June 29, 1945

Age: 48

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


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Ronald was lost on June 29, 1945, when the plane he was aboard crashed "in the Pacific area."

He was survived by his wife, Patsy, and is buried in California. (Survivor information from September 1945 issue of Shipmate.)


From The Times News (Idaho) on July 3, 1945:

Col. Boone, Who Slapped Jap General in '37, Killed

Death in action has overtaken Col. Ronald A. Boone, 48—the hero of the "Shanghai incident" of 1937, in which he administered a much-needed and vigorous slap in the face to a Japanese general.

The marine corps colonel, probably the most colorful and world-known of Idaho soldiers, has had a spectacular career since his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Word of the former Twin Falls man's death was received here Tuesday by Hugh O. Boone, a brother. Julian Boone, New York City, did not give the date of death or any particulars.

Colonel Boon was serving with the intelligence department [four lines totally obscured in the scan]… last year from the colonel in January of this year. At that time he was in the Aleutian islands.

He told relatives that "things have come pretty close a couple of times, but I have never been hit."

Colonel Boone had many years' foreign duty to his credit, including extensive service in China. His role in the "Shanghai incident" of 1937 was later chronicled in Time magazine and won worldwide attetnion. The colonel, then a marine corps captain, startled Japan and one Jap general in particular by refusing to be cowed by already overbearing Jap force. He brought the general up short by a slapping his face.

After graduating Twin Falls high school in 1915, he attended the naval academy in Annapolis, and took his sea duty during World War I.

His contributions in World War II have been brilliant. At this time last year, he was attached to Admiral Halsey's fleet.

Surviving are his wife, who lives in Washington, D.C.; his father and two brothers, and two sisters.


The Post-Register (Idaho Falls) in 1937 reported that Ronald had been in Shanghai since 1935 and that he was in Peking from 1926 to 1931. From 1932 to 1935 he was in Washington, D.C. In 1937, a Captain, he was the regimenatal intelligence officer for the 4th Marines.

In July 1941 (as a Major) he performed an "appraisal" of Japanese air combat tactics.

In 1943 he was identified as a Colonel and "had spent eight years in Peking and Shanghai on language, intelligence, diplomatic, and public-relations missions." He was involved in providing MAGIC diplomatic summaries to President Roosevelt.

Memorial Hall Error

Ronald is not listed with his classmates. This omission was discovered by reviewing the September 1946 issue of Shipmate.

Class of 1920

Ronald is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.