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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:


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

Others at this command: LTjg Dixie Kiefer '19 and ENS William Butler, Jr. '20

January 1922

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT William Garrett '18, LTjg Dixie Kiefer '19, and ENS John Lenhart '21

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

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Joseph Hubbard '21, and ENS Rogers Elliott '22

March 1925

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

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19 and LTjg Joseph Hubbard '21

May 1925

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

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Joseph Hubbard '21, ENS Frederic Foster '22, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, and ENS John Welch '23

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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