DWYER, John Barry age 65, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2010. Barry was born in Detroit MI, where his father was stationed during WWII, but grew up in Dayton and lived most of his life here. He served in the Army in Vietnam and then got his degree in English from the University of Montana. He was a military historian and published numerous articles for print and online publication and several books. He was well respected in the intelligence community for his depth of knowledge and ability to provide facts at a moments notice in discussions with others in that field. As noted in a tribute to him at The American Thinker written by its editor Thomas Lifson, "John B. Dwyer's masterpiece was his book Scouts and Raiders, about the joint Army-Navy beach recon unit formed 8 months after Pearl Harbor, which later became a Navy-only unit, Beach Jumpers, paving the way for the SEALs and Underwater Demolition teams...Barry's book is the definitive history of this important pioneering unit." Lifson added later in a note to the family, "American Thinker will always be grateful to John B. Dwyer for bringing keen insight, a deep appreciation for history, and a profound understanding of the American military to us from our earliest days. He laid the groundwork for our coverage of military affairs. When we launch our new site, Military Thinker, in the next few months, it will be in no small part because of the focus Barry brought to us. It should be considered part of his enduring legacy, along with his classic military history books." He is preceded in death by his father, Kevin J. Dwyer, and his mother, Mary Louise (Collins) Dwyer. He is survived by his brothers Kevin, Stephen, and James; sisters Nora (John) Ross and Mary Clare (Ron) Speckner; cousins, nieces and nephews. His body has been donated to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. A private family service will be held in the future




John Barry Dwyer, Author
Honorary Associate Member


b. Dec. 18, 1944

d. Sept. 19, 2010


Barry was the author of the book 'Seaborne Deception' The History of U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers. Published in 1992, this was the first time that Beach Jumpers history dating back to its inception during World War II, became public. Much about Beach Jumpers was declassified making the writing of this book possible.


To Barry, thank you from all of our members and may you now have

Fair Winds and Following Seas





taken from the book 'Seaborne Deception'
with permission


The inception

The 1950s

The 1960s

BJs Redux