WILLIAM L. LAMBERSON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Lamberson '38

Date of birth: October 30, 1916

Date of death: January 22, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:

Loss

William was lost when his F6F-5 Hellcat fighter was shot down near Okinawa on January 22, 1945. He was the commanding officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3, operating from USS Yorktown (CV 10).

His parents were listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Iowa.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander William Lacey Lamberson (NSN: 0-81113), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron THREE (VF-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), in action against enemy Japanese shipping, aircraft and ground installations, at Saigon, French Indo-China, on 12 January 1945. Intercepted by a strong force of Japanese aircraft while leading his flight in a bombing and strafing mission against this heavily fortified Japanese stronghold, Lieutenant Commander Lamberson fought a gallant battle against tremendous odds and personally shot down two of the hostile planes. Proceeding to the assigned target area, he boldly countered the enemy's intense, concentrated anti-aircraft fire to direct a brilliantly executed strike against Japanese shipping and pressed home his own daring attack to score a direct hit on an important merchant vessel. Boldly leading his planes in a determined strafing run against a hostile airfield immediately thereafter, he personally destroyed two grounded aircraft during the fierce engagement and obtained photographs of inestimable value to our forces in planning for and executing subsequent attacks. A forceful leader and superb airman, Lieutenant Commander Lamberson contributed materially to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on vital enemy targets and his valiant devotion to the completion of each hazardous mission was an essential factor in the success of our air operations in the Pacific War Area. His cool courage throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served and reflects the highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Lamberson, his intrepid command and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet: Serial 08 (February 1, 1945)
Action Date: 12-Jan-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander William Lacey Lamberson (NSN: 0-81113), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron THREE (VF-3), embarked in U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), over Luzon, Philippine Islands, on 14 November 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 345 (December 1945)
Action Date: November 14, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander William Lacey Lamberson (NSN: 0-81113), United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)


Class of 1938

William is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.