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David B. Richardson

David B. Richardson, American writer, journalist. Decorated Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster; recipient Valor medal National Headliners Club, Distinguished Alumni Service award Indiana University; Community Hero torchbearer Olympic Torch Relay, 1996.


  • Richardson, David B. was born on July 13, 1916 in Maplewood, New Jersey, United States. Son of Percy Bacon and Elizabeth (Jones) Richardson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Indiana University, 1940. Edward R. Murrow Postgraduate Press fellow, Princeton University, 1954.


    • Sports reporter Daily Courier, Orange, New Jersey, 1934-1936. Managing editor, editor-in-chief Indiana Daily Student, 1939-1940. Editorial staff New York Herald Tribune, New York City, 1940-1941.

      Combat correspondent Yank, The Army Weekly, New Guinea, Burma, 1942-1945. Foreign correspondent Time Magazine, 1945—1956. Associate editor United States News & World Report, Washington, 1956—1982.

      Freelance writer, from 1983. Chief South American Corresponding United States News & World Report, Washington, 1956—1982, chief domestic news bureaus, 1956—1982, chief European correspondent, 1956—1982, national correspondent, 1956—1982. Ernie Pyle lecturer Indiana University, 1958.

      Panelist Nimitz Symposium on Pacific War, 1993, 2003, 04. Lecturer World War II in Burma.


    • Contributor to books The Best From Yank, 1945, Yank, the GI Story of the War, 1947.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Vice president, board director Iona Senior Services, 1993-1996, steering committee Citizens Advisory Council Senior Services, 1996-1999. President, board director Greenbriar Condo., Washington, 1984-1987. Communications adviser Samaritan Ministry, 1989-1996.

    Technology sergeant United States Army, 1941-1945, PTO, China. Member Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Society Professional Journalists (committee concerned journalists), Merrill's Marauders Association (military liaison officer since 1995), Burma Star Association, International Combat Camera Association, Cosmos Club.


    • Married Ruth Cummings (deceased). Children: Hilary C., Julia R. Neilson, Francesca. Married Anne Phelan Werner, October 8, 1994.
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    Died January 25, 2005
    (aged 88)
    • 1940
      Indiana University
    • 1954
      Princeton University
    • 1934 - 1936
      Sports reporter Daily Courier
      Orange, Virginia, United States
    • 1939 - 1940
      managing editor
    • 1940 - 1941
      editorial staff New York Herald Tribune
    • 1942 - 1945
      combat correspondent Yank
      Burma, Irbid, Jordan
    • 1945 - 1956
      foreign correspondent Time Magazine
    • 1956 - 1982
      associate, editor United States News & World Report
      Washington, United States
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