Josh Baranyai was a Solarian citizen and merchant service officer.
Around 1920 PD, while holding the rank of Lieutenant, he served as third officer of the Dromedary-class cargo liner Emerald Dawn. When his ship was captured by former Havenite Commodore Henri Clignet's People's First Liberation Squadron, most of the crew was killed. Only twelve people, led by Baranyai, survived until the time when HMS Hexapuma took the ship back in the Battle of Nuncio. (SI1)