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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.


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; correspondent, Time magazine, India, 1945-1946; correspondent, Time magazine, Germany, 1947-1950; correspondent, Time magazine, United Kingdom, 1950-1952; correspondent, Time magazine, Mideast, 1952-1953; correspondent, Time magazine, Mexico, 1954-1956; associate editor, United States News & World Report, Washington, 1956-1959; bureau chief, United States News & World Report, South America, 1959-1964; chief domestic news burs., United States News & World Report, Washington, 1964-1973; chief European correspondent, United States News & World Report, Rome, 1974-1981; chief national correspondent, United States News & World Report, Washington, 1981-1982; freelance writer,, Washington, since 1983. Lecturer in field, since 1986. Ernie Pyle lecturer Indiana U., 1958.


  • 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

Julia R. Neilson Richardson

Hilary C. Richardson

Francesca Richardson-Allen Richardson