The Navy SEALs and Naval Special Warfare lost one of its most senior and most respected alumni last week. Rear Admiral Dick Lyon passed away after a short illness. Admiral Lyon, Class 2, our first Bullfrog (Longest serving SEAL on active duty), was 93 years young, He remained dynamically involved in the community throughout, including his active mentorship of his tri-centennial class, Class 302. The Admiral received his commission in 1944, and served as a Navy Scout and Raider in the Pacific Theater and in China as a Scout Intelligence Officer. He was released from WWII duty in 1946, and then affiliated with the Naval Reserve. Returning to active duty in early 1951, he reported to Beach Jumper Unit One. He was subsequently reassigned and became a plank owner of Underwater Demolition Team FIVE and served in Korea until late 1952.
This author has had the honor and pleasure of Dick Lyon’s friendship and mentorship over the years; I will miss seeing him at old Frogs and SEALs gatherings, his warm smile and wise counsel.