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Rear Adm. Dick Lyon, the first Bullfrog, left, passes the Bullfrog trophy to Capt. Pete Wikul

Richard (Dick) Lyon (born July 14, 1923) is a retired United States Navy admiral[1] and former mayor of Oceanside, California.[2] Lyon was the first admiral of Special Warfare ("SEAL").

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Lyon was born in Pasadena, California. As a youth, he was selected a member of the United States Olympic swim team for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo,[3] but the 1940 games were canceled due to the outbreak of World War II. Lyon graduated from Yale University in 1944, and received a master's degree from Stanford University in 1953.[4]

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Lyon attended Columbia University Midshipmen's School, receiving his commission in the United States Navy in October 1944. He served as a Navy Scout and Raider in the Pacific Theatre and in China as an Intelligence Officer. He was released from active duty in 1946, subsequently joining the Naval Reserve. He returned to active duty in early 1951 he commissioned the "Underwater Demolition Team FIVE" and served in the Korean War until late 1952. Upon release, he resumed his Reserve participation.[4]

In July 1974, Lyon became the first "Special Warfare" (SEAL) admiral in the history of the U.S. Navy.[4]

Lyon is a graduate of both the National War College and the Naval War College. He was the first Reserve officer to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute where he served as Chairman of the Editorial Board. He has received decorations for the Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.[4]

He returned to active duty as Deputy Chief of Naval Reserve in July 1978.,[4] and retired in July 1983 at the rank of Rear Admiral after nearly 41 years of naval service.[4]

Political career[edit | edit source]

Lyon was elected Mayor of the City of Oceanside in November 1992,[5] and was re-elected in 1996.[6]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Lyon is a private pilot and an avid sailor, body-surfer and golfer. He is married to Cynthia Gisslin, and has nine children. He has resided in Oceanside since 1981.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

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