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journalist , Army soldier

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


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


His articles for Yank, the Army Weekly describing the Marauders' campaign's record-setting marches and heavy sustained fighting were noted as " the flavor of battle, as well as the Marauders' jingoistic pride and derring-do". Born in New Jersey, Richardson was initially rejected by the Army for being underweight and subsequently enlisted as a reporter. Reaching the rank of Technical Sergeant, he volunteered to chronicle the 1,000 mile march of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), better known as Merrill's Marauders, and their subsequent fighting.

Burma Campaign In 1943, Richardson joined the Marauders and began a four month training program to prepare himself and the other Marauders for their attack. In February 1944, the Marauders began their four month march over the Himalayas and through the Burmese jungle. Unusual for a reporter, Richardson would often fight alongside his fellow soldiers.

David Quaid, a photojournalist, remarked that "The stuff he wrote was like what no one else was doing. ... When it got dicey, the only correspondent there was Dave Richardson." Retirement Richardson retired in 1982 and settled down in Washington, DC. Giving several speeches during his retirement years, he was quoted as saying that the reason why he was constantly at the forefront of combat and other dangers was "for a good story." He died at the age of 88, in 2005 of prostate cancer.


  • David Richardson is believed to be the most highly decorated journalist of World War II. He received two Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit and the Combat Infantryman Badge. It is reported that he would have been eligible to be awarded the Purple Heart for a head wound in New Guinea, however he refused treatment and returned to action, wearing an eyepatch. Refusing treatment prevented proper documentation of the incident for the award citation.


  • Other Work

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


Vice president, board directors Iona Senior Superior vena cava syndrome, 1993-1996, steering committee Citizens Advisory Council Senior Superior vena cava syndrome, since 1996. President, board directors Greenbriar Condo., Washington, 1984-1987. Communications adviser Samaritan Ministry, 1989-1996.

Sergeant United States Army, 1941-1945, PTO, China, Burma, India Theatre of Operations. Member Council Foreign Rels., Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Overseas Writers Association, 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 Richardson-Allen. Married Anne Phelan Werner, October 8, 1994.

Percy Bacon Richardson

Elizabeth (Jones) Richardson

Ruth Cummings

Anne Phelan Werner

Hilary C. Richardson

Julia R. Neilson Richardson

Francesca Richardson-Allen Richardson