James Lyons (admiral)

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James Lyons
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Birth nameJames Aloysius Lyons Jr.
Born(1927-09-28)September 28, 1927
New Jersey, U.S.
DiedDecember 12, 2018(2018-12-12) (aged 91)
Warrenton, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldCommander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Battles/warsCold War
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Commendation Medal (2)

James Aloysius "Ace" Lyons Jr. (September 28, 1927 – December 12, 2018) was an admiral in the United States Navy who served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1985 to 1987 and who wrote a column about Seth Rich that was printed, but later retracted by The Washington Times.[1]


Admiral Lyons enlisted in the Navy Reserve shortly after the end of World War II and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 35 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. He commanded the USS Charles S. Sperry (DD 697) and USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG 20). His shore assignments included wide and significant experience in strategic planning and national security affairs, leading to higher commands including Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.[2]

He earned post-graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. National Defense University.

After retiring from the Navy in 1987, he became the chief executive officer of LION Associates, LLC.[3]

On March 1, 2018, the Washington Times published an article by Lyons prompting a conspiracy theory around the death of Democratic Party staffer Seth Rich. The article falsely claimed it was "well known in the intelligence circles" that Rich and his brother were paid by WikiLeaks for the DNC emails, which the leaks site published online, causing chaos in the Democratic party during the 2016 election.[4] The family sued, and the article was retracted with an apology.[5][6]

Lyons died on December 12, 2018 at the age of 91.[7]


  1. ^ "Retraction: Aaron Rich and the murder of Seth Rich"
  2. ^ https://www.usna.com/find-an-obituary?story=5460
  3. ^ LION Associates LLC
  4. ^ Swaine, Jon (October 1, 2018). "Washington Times retracts false article on murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Farhi, Paul (October 1, 2018). "Washington Times retracts column that floated Seth Rich killing conspiracy". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Darcy, Oliver (October 1, 2018). "The Washington Times settles lawsuit with Seth Rich's brother, issues retraction and apology for its coverage". CNN. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Gaffney, Frank (December 13, 2018). "Rest In Peace, Admiral 'Ace' Lyons". Center for Security Policy. Retrieved December 19, 2019.