Retired Rear Admiral (SEAL) Richard “Dick” Lyon, called an “icon and legend” within the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community by the current commander of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), Rear Admiral (SEAL) Tim Szymanski, passed away on February 3, 2017.  Lyon was 93 and passed after a short illness.  He is survived by his widow Cindy, whom he married in 1976, as well as by his nine children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Admiral Lyon, 2012.

Admiral Lyon was a pioneering member of the NSW community, having served in the Scouts and Raiders, the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), and then going on to become the first flag officer (admiral) chosen from within the NSW community.

Lyon was also the first “Bull Frog,” or longest-serving active duty SEAL, and went on after retirement to become the mayor of his hometown of Oceanside, CA, from 1992 until 2000.

Admiral Lyon was an early graduate of Scout and Raider training at Fort Pierce, Florida, and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  The Scouts and Raiders were the earliest forerunners of the Navy SEAL teams.  Lyon was released from World War II duty in 1946, and went on to affiliate with the Naval Reserves.