In Memory

James Edward Lyons, Lcdr Usn (Ret. ) - USS LaSalle LPD-3 / AGF-3 1963 VIEW PROFILE

UNICOI COUNTY, TN - Lt. Cmdr. James Edward Lyons, USN (Ret.), 80, passed away March 15, 2010 at his home in Unicoi County, TN.

He was born March 26, 1929, to the late Coleman J. and Anna Francis Devine Lyons.

He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy, rising through the enlisted ranks and retired in 1969 with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Lt. Cmdr. Lyons was initially trained at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes and was then stationed at Naval Air Stations in Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; and Lakehurst, NJ. At Naval Station Philadelphia, PA, he was attached to Attack Squadron 15, Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 109, and Fighter Squadron 173.

He then attended Officer Candidate School at Naval Base Newport, RI, and upon graduation he served aboard the USS Mullany (DD 528) and USS Hermitage (LSD 34) as ship’s engineer.

Always hungry for education, he attended the Naval Amphibious School at Little Creek, VA. The sea called him back to serve as ship’s engineer aboard the USS Raleigh (LPD 1), USS La Salle (LPD 3, plank owner), USS Okinawa (LPH 3), and USS Donner (LSD 20). He finished his Naval career on the staff of the Commander of Amphibious Training for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Little Creek, VA.

During his service Lt. Cmdr. Lyons received the Good Conduct Medal (two Bronze Stars), Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Navy Occupation Service Medal (Europe), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star) and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Congo/Dominican Republic, Bronze Star).

After his retirement from the military, Mr. Lyons obtained his nursing degree and pursued his second career working in Jacksonville and Cape Coral, FL. He also took a turn at entrepreneurship when he founded National Employment Services.

He continued his connection to the sea by completely rebuilding his beloved Halame, a 47-foot wooden motor vessel.

Upon his second retirement, he moved to the mountains of eastern Tennessee, where he volunteered with various veterans groups and local humane societies.

He is survived by children Michael F. Lyons, Pamela A. Phillips and her husband Richard, Kelly M. Markson and her husband Edward E. Sr., and James E. Lyons Jr.; brother Coleman R. Lyons and his wife Ann and their children Mary-Pat, Coleman Jr., Mark, Chris and Tim; and grandchildren Justin, Melissa, Richard, Zachary, Theodore Coleman, and James E. III.

A graveside and committal service will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, with full military honors.


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14/01/11 04:21 PM #1    

Bob Boucher (1963)

I remember Mr. Lyons while assigned to the LaSalle PreCom crew at ACU-2 in Little Creek.  Eventually, Mr. Lyons was the First LT in charge of Divisions 1, 2 & 3.  While assigned to 1st Div., I was fortunate to be assigned to the 1st LT's Office working directly for Mr. Lyons.  He was a top-notch officer and working for him and CHBOSN Blahnik, Mr. Merrick, Mr.  Ferland and Mr. Caruso was indeed a pleasure for this Seaman.  When I made PN3, I was moved to the other side of the  bulkhead ... however, my assignment to Mr. Lyons was really the high point of my time in the Navy.  May God bless him and grant him the glory of His presence. 
Bob Boucher, Plankowner & Founder, USS LaSalle LPD/AGF3 Association;


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