GEORGE S. LAMBERT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Lambert '35

Date of birth: June 8, 1912

Date of death: October 9, 1943

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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George was lost when USS Buck (DD 420) was torpedoed by U-616 and sank near Salerno, Italy, on October 9, 1944. He was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

"Photo of George while at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was the captain of the boxing team in 1934"

Legion of Merit

George is pictured in center talking to prisoners taken from an Italian submarine.

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander George S. Lambert (NSN: 0-74930), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. BUCK (DD-420) during an attack on an enemy submarine while on convoy duty during World War II. By sound judgment and decisive action, he contributed materially to the success of the attack, which resulted in the destruction of the submarine and the capture of prisoners.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326 (May 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Executive Officer
Division: U.S.S. Buck (DD-420)


Class of 1935

George is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 in Memorial Hall.