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Bernard M. Baruch, Jr., Papers

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernard M. Baruch Jr., the son and namesake of the famous financier Bernard M. Baruch and Anne Griffin Baruch, was born on March 17, 1902, in New York City. He graduated from Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, and in 1923 from Harvard University where he majored in French Literature. He was commissioned in the Naval Reserve in 1937 and remained on active duty until November 1945, then returned to the Reserves, retiring in 1962 as a captain.

Baruch made significant contributions to the field of naval intelligence, specifically in the area of intelligence sightings of enemy ships, and in 1950 he developed the Merchant Ship Intelligence program. He wrote the manual entitled "Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings for Airborne and Waterborne Sources".

A resident of Manhattan, he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange from 1928 to 1936 and was in the investment business. He died in 1992 at the age of ninety. His sister, Renee Samstag of Manhattan, survived him.

Baruch was a member of the Board of Directors of St. Francis Hospital, Miami, Florida, Miami Beach's Committee of One Hundred and the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Company. He received the order of the British Empire (Honorary Officer of the Military Division) for services to the Allied cause during World War H.

Chronology:

  • 1902 Born, New York, NY, March 17
  • 1923 Graduated Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts in French Literature
  • 1937 Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Assigned to Commandant, Third Naval District, Special Service (Intelligence duties)
  • 1941 Ordered to active duty. Served with Eastern Sea Frontier for 50 months.
  • 1942 Established a submarine reporting network, CIRES (Communication Instruction for Reporting Enemy Sightings)
  • 1945 Transferred to Chief of Naval Operations Office, Navy Department, OP-16 for 2 months.
  • 1947 Initiated JANAP 146 for reporting vital intelligence from merchant ships, and air craft (Joint Army/Navy/Air Force publication).
  • 1948 Developed CIRVIS, (Communication Instructions for Reporting Military Intelligence Sightings).
  • 1952 Promoted to Captain
  • 1955 Produced MERINT Program, (Merchant Ship Intelligence Program).
  • 1962 Retired from USNR
  • 1992 Died, November 30