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07/28/14 12:00pm
PETER BOODY PHOTO |  Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

PETER BOODY PHOTO |
Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Many Islanders know Richard Baron, a regular in the Memorial Day Parade, as a member of that “Greatest Generation” of Americans, a man who fought from North Africa to Anzio and on into Germany, where he was captured and spent the last four months of World War II as a prisoner of war.

His military record, from his wounding in Italy to his capture in Germany, makes for a fascinating tale, part of which is told in a book he co-authored in 1981 called “Raid,” about General George S. Patton’s disastrous attempt to free his son-in-law from the camp where Richard was a prisoner. (more…)