Allen Cannon Lambard was born Dec. 7, 1922 in Mobile, Alabama to Bessie Gray Cannon and William Joshua Lambard. He died Nov. 28, 2011 in Camden, Alabama, at age 88.
He attended Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama, and graduated from Jackson High School, Jackson, Alabama.
Volunteering at age 18 for the U.S. Navy, he was accepted into 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 crash-landed 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 ratings offered by the Federal Aviation Agency.
He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Eugene Lambard; grandson, David Allen Lambard; second wife, Annie Earle Turner; and stepson, Bentley Wayne Shamburger.
He is survived by his brother, William Joshua Lambard, Jr. of Gainestown, Alabama; first wife, June Lorene Gilkison of Pineville; wife of 13 years, Betty Jo Kennedy Shamburger Lambard of Pine Hill, Alabama; his son, Allen Cannon Lambard, Jr. and wife, Peggy of Haughton; son, Dr. Warren William Lambard and wife, Georgia of Minden; daughter, Lisa Lambard Norman and husband, Stephen of Alexandria; stepchildren, Robert F. Shamburger of Magnolia, Alabama, Kathryn L. Shamburger Roberts of Dothan, Alabama, Betty Jean Shamburger of Seattle and Brenda Turner Salter of Mobile; and stepdaughter-in-law, Sharon Shamburger of Childersburg, Alabama.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Dr. Brooke Lambard Kyle of Eugene, Oregon, Luke Gilkison Lambard of Dallas, Dr. Piper Lambard Norton of College Station, Texas, Catherine Norman Stead of Dallas, Laura Norman Clerc of Dallas, Matthew Stephen Norman of Muenster, Germany and Melissa Hope Norman of Baton Rouge; great-grandchildren Piper Katherine, Preston Charles and Pace Creighton Kyle of Eugene, Oregon, Mason Donald and Grant Stephen Stead and Emma June Clerc of Dallas; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Homes, Thomasville, Alabama with visitation today (Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011) from 6 until 8 p.m.
A service will be at Gainestown United Methodist Church, Walker Springs Road, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Tommy Gaillard, Pastor, officiating.
Pallbearers will be Richard Lambard Jr., Gross Lambard, Charles Lambard, Luke Lambard, Scott Shamburger and Ronnie Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be George W. Murphy, Frank Shamburger, Wilbur Jackson, Delmer Fletcher, Emmett Alexander and Thomas Edward Autrey.
Visitation before the service will be at 10 a.m., followed by burial in the Lambard family cemetery, Gainestown.
Memorials are suggested to Gainestown United Methodist Church, 513 Hicks Ave., Jackson, Alabama 36545; Pine Hill Baptist Church, PO Box 398, Pine Hill, Alabama 36769 or a charity of one's choice.Subscribe to Read!