He was born Dec. 7, 1922 in Mobile, the youngest child of Bessie Gray Cannon and William Joshua Lambard. He attended Marion Military Institute and graduated from Jackson High School. Volunteering at age 18 for the United States Navy, he was accepted in 1943 to flight school as a naval cadet, was trained flying a Stearman and became a “triple threat” pilot, navigator and bombardier. Continued training included graduating from Airborne Radar School, becoming an Advanced Flight Instructor and serving as a member of the Night Fighting Squadron 53, flying the F6F Hellcat. In 1946 and 1947 he was with the Fighting Squadron FOURTEEN ABLE stationed at Kobler Field, Saipan, and flew missions from the USS Princeton flying the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair. After honorary discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve, he joined the U.S. Air Force in August 1948. He served in the Korean War with the 502 Tactical Control Group of the 605th Tactical Control Squadron in Puson, Korea, flying combat supplies to front line troops and working with radar stations. Other posts included Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida, where he was an instructor with the Radar Bomb Dropping School, Aircraft Control and Warning School and USAF Aircraft Controllers School. While stationed at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, he received world-wide attention when he crashlanded his disabled C-47 plane in the ocean near Iwo Jima with all persons aboard surviving, including noted author James Michener. In 1959 he was transferred to England Air Force Base where he served as an Aircraft Control and Warning Controller in addition to flying and instructor responsibilities with the L- 20, T-33 and C-123 aircrafts. After retiring in 1962 with the rank of major, he continued aeronautical training, earning ratings as a helicopter instructor and for flying the Grumman - 1, North American Saberliner and BAC-111, as well as operating a private air charter and flight instruction business. He achieved ratings for single engine, multi-engine, helicopter, seaplane and airline - all the ratings offered by the Federal Aviation Agency.
Survivors include his brother William Joshua Lambard Jr., Gainestown, his first wife June Lorene Gilkison, Pineville, Louisiana; his wife of 13 years Betty Jo Kennedy Shamburger Lambard, Pine Hill; his son Allen Cannon (Peggy) Lambard Jr., Haughton, Louisiana; his son Dr. Warren William (Georgia) Lambard, Minden, Louisiana; his daughter Lisa Lambard (Stephen) Norman, Alexandria, Louisiana; stepchildren Robert F. (Gayle) Shamburger, Magnolia; Kathryn L. Shamburger (Richard) Roberts, Dothan; Betty Jean Shamburger, Seattle, Washington; Brenda Turner (Bill) Salter, Mobile; and stepdaughter-inlaw Sharon Shamburger, Childersburg; niece Mary Lambard (King) Wright, Satsuma; nephews Richard Eugene (Maxine) Lambard Jr., Gainestown, Judson William (Janet) Lambard Sr., Mobile, Thomas Gross Lambard Sr., Mobile; grandchildren Dr. Brooke Lambard (Chris) Kyle, Eugene, Oregon, Luke Gilkison (Kelly) Lambard, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Piper Lambard (Patrick) Norton, College Station, Texas, Catherine Norman (Mark) Stead, Dallas, Texas, Laura Norman (Brian) Clerc, Dallas, Texas, Matthew Stephen Norman, Muenster, Germany, Melissa Hope Norman, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; step-grandchildren Bentley Sean Shamburger, Bay Minette, Russell Monroe (Brooklyn) Roberts, Birmingham, Christopher Scott (Krissy) Shamburger, Gulf Shores, Robyn Thayer Roberts, Dothan, Jennifer Shamburger, Gulf Shores, Richard Thayer Roberts III, Tuscaloosa, Ranee Lynn Martin, Lexie Mikal Martin, Minden, Louisiana, Blair Salter, Mobile; great-grandchildren Piper Katherine, Preston Charles, Pace Creighton Kyle, Eugene, Oregon, Mason Donald, Grant Stephen Stead, Dallas, Texas, Emma June Clerc, Dallas, Texas; step-greatgrandchildren Cameron Lee Stanford, Dothan, Vera Caroline Shamburger, Gulf Shores.
He was predeceased by his brother Richard Eugene Lambard; his grandson David Allen Lambard; his second wife Annie Earle Turner; and his stepson Bentley Wayne Shamburger.
The service was Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Gainestown United Methodist Church on the Walker Springs Road with Rev. Tommy Gaillard, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Lambard family cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Richard Lambard Jr., Gross Lambard, Charles Lambard, Luke Lambard, Scott Shamburger and Ronnie Moore.
Honorary pallbearers were George W. Murphy, Frank Shamburger, Wilbur Jackson, Delmer Fletcher, Emmett Alexander and Thomas Edward Autrey.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Gainestown United Methodist Church, 513 Hicks Ave., Jackson, Alabama 36545; Pine Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Pine Hill, AL 36769 or a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.
O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.