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Richard P. Barry was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on June 21, 1931, son of Mrs. Edythe Parnell Barry of Quincy, Massachusetts, and the late Mr. Barry. He attended Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Prior to entering the Naval Service in August 1954, he practiced his profession as a Civil Engineer.
Commissioned Ensign in the US Naval Reserve on December 16, 1954, he reported for active duty on board the USS Nereus(AS 17), in January 1955. During his period of service on board, that submarine tender was awarded the Navy “E” as one of the outstanding ships of Submarine Pacific. Before he was detached in September 1955, he served as Assistant First Lieutenant, Communication Officer and Custodian.
In October 1955 he was assigned duty on the Staff of Commander Task Force 43, for Operation DEEPFREEZE, the Navy’s current Antarctic Expedition, under command of Rear Admiral George J. Dufek, USN, (Retired), and continues duty in that assignment as Communication Watch Officer, Crypto Officer and Custodian.