Baron, Richard Swan, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1939-1942, 00X, 16th Naval District
Service Years
1924 - 1942
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lowell, MA
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 15, 1942
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: F Row: 16 Grave: 35

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, WWII Memorial National Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1939-1942, 00X, 16th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He rose to the rank of Lieutenant  Commander while serving in China and the Philippines. Right after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor they attacked the Philippines. General McArthur and American forces had been there for about three years. They were unprepared for the attack. Lieutenant  Commander Richard Swan Baron was in Cavite during the initial attack and was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions entering a burning building at grave danger to himself to retrieve important military documents. The Navy Cross is the second highest Navy military honor, second only to the Medal of Honor. 

The Lieutenant Commander was killed in action on March 15, 1942 by the Japanese invasion in Cebu. He was survived by his wife Anne Baron, his mother, his siblings and three young daughters; Mary Louise, Ann and Gerald. In his memory the US Navy had a Destroyer Escort ship named in his memory. The USS Baron DE-166 was christened in New Jersey May 9, 1943 and saw wartime service.


Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

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.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)
Action Date: December 10, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: District Issuing Officer
Regiment: 16th Naval District
Division: Cavite Navy Yard

Name of Award
Prisoner of War Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

Lieutenant Commander Richard Swan Baron (NSN: 0-58842), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese during the fighting in the Philippine Islands in early 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: 1942 - Died in Captivity
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands
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