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Leonard Lyons, Jr. '21

Date of birth: July 8, 1898

Date of death: January 9, 1945

Age: 46

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:

1921 Lyons LB.jpg

Leonard LeBaron Lyons, Jr.

Mobile, Alabama

"Barry" "Count" "LeB"

"THE light that lies in woman's eyes,
Has been my heart's undoing."

Barry didn't write those lines but he surely has lived them. Browning's poor duchess who loved all that she looked upon and whose looks went everywhere, didn't have a thing on "Eaglebeak." He is so susceptible to the charms of Southern girls that he has nearly worn out the Western Union wiring compliments and notices to three of the four invited to the hop, that he is sick. He bought so many class pins that he got them for half price, and he himself says that he has ordered three miniatures. If he ever gets married he'll have to elope and wire regrets to the rest of his fiancees after it's over.

Barry has a "Mobile" nose, an "I'm from Alabama" expression, a globe-trotter attitude, and the manners of a Chesterfield. And you'd never guess it, but he's a little bit conceited. He doesn't tell anybody, but he really thinks he's pretty good and he is.

"Open — — — — — — — — — Ranks."

C.P.O.; One Stripe.


The Class of 1921 was the last of the wartime-accelerated classes. "1921A" was graduated on June 3, 1920; the second half, "1921B", was graduated on June 2, 1921. Leonard was graduated with 1921A.

1921 Lyons LB.jpg

Leonard LeBaron Lyons, Jr.

Mobile, Alabama

"Barry" "Count" "LeB"

"THE light that lies in woman's eyes,
Has been my heart's undoing."

Barry didn't write those lines but he surely has lived them. Browning's poor duchess who loved all that she looked upon and whose looks went everywhere, didn't have a thing on "Eaglebeak." He is so susceptible to the charms of Southern girls that he has nearly worn out the Western Union wiring compliments and notices to three of the four invited to the hop, that he is sick. He bought so many class pins that he got them for half price, and he himself says that he has ordered three miniatures. If he ever gets married he'll have to elope and wire regrets to the rest of his fiancees after it's over.

Barry has a "Mobile" nose, an "I'm from Alabama" expression, a globe-trotter attitude, and the manners of a Chesterfield. And you'd never guess it, but he's a little bit conceited. He doesn't tell anybody, but he really thinks he's pretty good and he is.

"Open — — — — — — — — — Ranks."

C.P.O.; One Stripe.


The Class of 1921 was the last of the wartime-accelerated classes. "1921A" was graduated on June 3, 1920; the second half, "1921B", was graduated on June 2, 1921. Leonard was graduated with 1921A.

Loss

Leonard was lost on January 9, 1945, when the "Hell Ship" he was aboard, Enoura Maru, was bombed in Takao harbor, Formosa.

Unable to find what billet he was in prior to the fall of Corregidor, but he was listed as a member of the 16th Naval District.

His wife, Nelle, was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a son, Leonard III.

Leonard is buried in Alabama.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant Commander Leonard L. Lyons (NSN: 0-56749), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1921
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

January 1922
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

May 1923
unreadable
July 1923
Ensign, USS Fox
September 1923
Ensign, USS Scorpion
November 1923
Ensign, USS Scorpion
January 1924
Ensign, USS Scorpion
March 1924
Ensign, USS Scorpion
May 1924
Ensign, USS Scorpion
July 1924
Ensign, USS Edsall
September 1924
Ensign, USS Edsall
November 1924
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall
January 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

March 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

May 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

July 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), Submarine Division 8 Staff, USS O-1
October 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS O-1
January 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), Receiving Ship, New York


Class of 1921

Leonard is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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