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We are very pleased and Honored to have recently attracted a number of

U.S. Military Items and Medal sets, for which we have the responsibility of

placing with appropriate clients.

WW2 – & subsequent conflicts:-accessories.

Rear Admiral John J. Lynch, United States Navy.

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The (Late)Christopher John Collection of Rear Admiral John J. Lynch, was purchased some time in 1994.. we believe from the USA.

It comprised very much as now a Complete Set of his Final Medal allotment, and various items of Uniform and Badges from various stages in his life.

What was lacking was any real documentation of substance, and Christopher John, a well known Collector and Researcher from Cardif, Wales, spent many years on obtaining what has resulted in over 200 pages of documentation and photographs, detailing every stage of Lynch’s career, each Naval evaluation of Service in each position/rank and including all citations and correspondance relating to the many medal awards -this was achieved via many enquiries.. (… included with paperwork). John retained the collection for 20 years till 2015.. where is was disposed of by his Estate.

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The final result of John’s research, are two folders of approx. 200 pages, together with 2 microfilm spools on the Hornet and Naval ‘diary events’

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Included within the documentation are many photographs of Lynch and Aircraft, and some of the ships he served, as well as contemporary pictures of he with other flyers.. often dressed in the various (or successor) equipment currently held.

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Lynch with two fellow pilots, celebrating an event.

As is usual with American Medals, it was common to Name certain medals – and these are (all) illustrated below.

A number of items of apparel are personally named with original tailors labels and these are also illustrated for verification of item.

The proposed treatment of this presentation, is to detail Vice Admiral Lynch’s career, by way of illustrations and text, extracted from the Department of the Navy.. with what we view as relevant pictures (all from the folders), then list all Medals, with pictures and rear view and then a full list of Items included, with any explanation if required. This is particularly relevant in the case of the Bomber Group 8 patch, as original patches, particularly ones flown in the ‘Cruiser’ incidents is so so rare.

Vice Admiral John J. LYNCH, U.S. Navy (& Pilot).

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John Joseph Lynch was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 21, 1911, son of the late
Patrick & Nora Scanlon Lynch.
He attended Boston College High School, 1925-29; Boston College, 1929-33; and was Boston Colledge Law School in 1933. While in College, from 1930, he was correspondent for the Boston Globe, and later, 1939 – 1940 he was a Civil Aeronautics Authority Inspector for the St.Lous, Missouri, Office.

Appointed Aviation Cadet on July 12, 1935, after Elimination Flight training at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Squantum, Massachusetts, he had flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, from July 1935 until September 1936, when he was designated Naval Aviator and commissioned Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, to date from September 1st that year. Through subsequent advancement and his transfer from the Naval Reserve to the U.S. Navy, he attained the rank of Rear Admiral, USN, to date from October 1st. 1964.

Medals – (we hold)..

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As a Naval Aviator he was first assigned to Bombing Squadron TWO, and served with that Squadron, based at the Naval Air Station, San Diago, later embarked on the USS SARATOGA,USS LEXINGTON AND USS RANGER,from October 1936 until July 1939, during which period his Squadron was re-designed VB3, later VB-4. From August 1939 until November 1940 he served with the Reserve Squadrons based at the Naval Air stations Anacostia, D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri, and during the next 8 months was Chief Flight Instructor at the Naval Reserve Aviation base, St.Louis.

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In August 1941 he joined Bombing Squadron EIGHT, based on the USS HORNET, and during the early part of World War II he served as Material Officer, Flight Officer and Executive Officer of that Squadron. For heroism and outstanding achievement while attached to Bombing Squadron EIGHT, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal and Gold Star in lieu of the second Air medal.

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Citations follow in Part:-
Navy Cross: “For extraordinary heroism and outstanding devotion to duty as a pilot in Bombing Squadron EIGHT in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 6, 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Lynch parcipated in determined and effective bombing and strafing fire on fleeing enemy Japanese forces, obtaining a successful hit on on of the enemy ships. His courageous action on this occasion contributed to the victory achieved by our forces…”

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Distinguished Flying Cross: “For heroism and extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a Bombing Plane during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Soloman Islands on September 6 1942. Sighting an enemy submarine on the surface, Lieutenant Lynch, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, launched an immediate attack and, as a result of his quick thinking, prompt action, and accurate bombing, contributed to the destruction of the vessel…”

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Air Medal: “For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight as leader of a flight of scout bombers of the USS HORNET Air Group during action against enemy Japanese forces near Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942. In a bold fight, opposed by heavy anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Lynch pressed home a determined attack, scoring a direct hit on an enemy cruiser. His skilful and courageous conduct reflects great credit upon the U.S. Naval Service.

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Gold Star in lieu of Second Air Medal: “For meritorious achievement.. as leader of a division and pilot of a scout-bomber airplane during a raid on enemy Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal and Rekata Bay Area on October 16, 1942. In spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire, (he) led his division in a bold and determined attack which resulted in the destruction of twelve Japanese float seaplanes and enemy shore installations consisting of gasoline dumps…”
He next served as Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron THIRTY_THREE, based on the USS CORAL SEA, January 1943 to February 1944, and during the remained of 1944 was Operations Officer on the Staff of Commender Carrier Division TWO, attached to the flagships USS YORKTOWN, USS WASP, USS FRANKLIN and USS ENTERPRISE.

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He is entitled to the Ribbon for the Navy Unit Commendation award to the USS ENTERPRISE for heroic service in the Pacific Area, and was personally awarded the Legion of Merit, with citation, in part to follow:

Merit Illustration – actual medal below.
Legion of merit: “For exceptional meritorious conduct… while serving as Operations Officer on the Staff of a Carrier Task Group Commander against Japanese forces in the Western Pacific Area from May 20, 1944 to December 7 1944. Drawing from the wealth of experience and spund tactical knowledge, Commander Lynch planned the Task Group combat aircraft operations against the enemy… (and) contributed materially to the success of carrier air attacks on the enemy…”

During the latter months of hostilities and until May 1946 reserved as Plans Officer on the Staff of Commander Fleet Air, West Coast, and the next Year was a student at the General Line School, Newport, Rhode ISLAND. He served from June 1947 to September 1948 as Commander Air Group THIRTEEN, then has a tour of Duty as Air Member, Air Defence Board, in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, `navy `department, Washington, D.C.

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After eighteen months service as Assistant for General Plans on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, he joined the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN in July 1952. He received a letter of Commendation, with Ribbon and Combat ‘V’ from the Commander of SEVENTH Fleet, “For meritorious service as Executive Officer and Operations Officer in the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN during combat operations against enemy North Korean and Chinese Communist forces in the Korean theatre from June 13, 1953 to July 27 1953…”

Detached from the LAKE CHAMPLAIN in May 1954, he was a student at the Navy War College the next year, and in July 1955 assumed command of theNaval Auxiliary Air Station, Whiting Field, Milton, Florida.
He continued in that command until April 1957 and, after briefing in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, navy Department, reported as the U.S.Naval Attache and U.S. Naval Attache for Air, Moscow, USSR.
Continuing that assignment until December 1958, he commanded the USS MANATEE (AO 58) from January through October 1959, then served on the Staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations.

In December 1960, he assumes command of the USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43), and in November became Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander Carrier Division SEVEN. Assigned from January 1963 until July 1964 to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, he reported as Chief of Naval Air basic Training, with headquarters in the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, and for ‘exceptional meritorious service from September 1965 to March 1967…”in that capacity, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of the Second Legion of Merit.

star Illustration – actual medal below.
The citation further states in part:
“Exercising outstanding leadership and professional; competence in the fields of military management and community relations, (he) markedly improved the operational readiness and training efficiency of his command, and enhanced the prestige and objectives of the United States navy within the local community…”
In April 1967 he became Deputy Commander of the Naval Striking and Support Forces, Southern Europe and in December 1968 reported as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, United States Strike Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Navy DSM Illustration – actual medal below.
“ Fot exceptionally meritorious service…. (in that capacity) from December 1968 through June 1970…” he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation further states in part:
“… Rear Admiral Lynch has been responsible for the development and refinement of diverse staff activities and procedures which greatly enhanced the operational readiness of the command. His professional skill and sound judgement were highly instrumental in establishing an administrate level of excellence in the accomplishment of personnel, intelligence, operations, plans, logistics, communications, and military assistance program responsibilities. He skilfully implemented, controlled and coordinated vitally significant functions relative to the joint training of combat teams of land, sea, and air forces, demonstrating unique competence for handling unusual and complex problems. In addition to his expertise in naval affairs, (he) constantly displayed an acute awareness of the joint concept in handling multilateral problems and became a wise and respected council in Army, Air Force and Marine Corps matters…”

On July 1, 1970, he was transferred to the Retired List of the I.S. Navy.

Extract// Navy Office of Information
Internal Relations Division. (OI-430)

Washington Post, The (DC) – November 24, 1988

Deceased Name: RETIRED NAVY REAR ADMIRAL JOHN J. LYNCH DIES AT 77

John Joseph Lynch, 77, a retired Navy rear admiral and a highly decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died of cancer Nov. 21 1988 at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He lived in Washington.

The COLLECTION of MEDALS & ITEMS BELONGING TO

the late NAVY REAR ADMIRAL JOHN J. LYNCH U.S.N.

Medals

The Medals are Photographed as to Bravery Awards & Citations .. and Medals for Service within the various theatre’s of Operation

BRAVERY

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CAMPAIGN & SERVICE

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8th BOMBER GROUP Patch for the HORNET, which he wore while earning the Navy Cross, DFC and AIR Medal

While undoubtedly, the above group of medals is outstanding and unique, the below patch in its own way almost outstrips the above in terms of involvement.. in that this was almost certainly worn in some of the sorties that resulted in the above ‘Midway’ awards.

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His Navy Uniform/ Hat and Trousers

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Some minor spotting/staining to top of hat, some fade of tone to gold braid, but a most outstanding main badge – woven and once of the finest we have seen.

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The Uniform has no moth and is in excellent condition.

From the medal arrangement on the pocket, this Uniform would have been worn prior to his last award.. so possibly mid 60’s.

Both items have the original named labels to Lynch.

His Flying Jacket (Original name obliterated).

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His Cloth Flying Helmet with Avionics

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Note – this flying helmet, due to the type of avionics would indicate he obtained and used it c 1946..

when Commander Fleet Air, West Coast..

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Final Group of Items belonging to him…

Pilots Gold Wings, (GEMSCO) 10K (on what no idea) / Side Cap Navy Badge with Wings (in silver gilt – Balfour),

Navy Blues Hat Badge (Viking – Silver & Silver Gilt) & Woven silver wire Pilots Wings.

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Thank you for looking at a most amazing Officer’s Career, Items and medals.

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Vietnam

Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Daniel A. Lambdin, 68th Assault Helicopter Company (K.I.A. 1966).

 

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Silver Star
Bronze Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Air Medal with numeral 16
Good Conduct Medal, 3rd award
Army Of Occupation Medal with Berlin Airlift device
Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/ Device (1960)
Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
Parachutist Badge – Master

An interesting Vietnam War Huey Helicopter Pilot’s Silver Star Group to Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Daniel A. Lambdin, 68th Assault Helicopter Company who was killed when his Helicopter was hit by ground fire during 1966

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Silver Star, reverse machine engraved; (DANIEL A. LAMBDIN), housed in its presentation case;

Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star with ‘V’ device for Valour;

Purple Heart with Oakleaf Cluster for second award;

Air Medal with ‘V’ device for Valour (17)

Army Good Conduct Medal;

National Defense Service Medal;

Vietnam Service Medal with three stars attached to ribbon;

South Vietnam Gallantry Cross;

South Vietnam Campaign Star with 1960 device on ribbon.

Together with recipient’s tunic medal ribbon bar with matching awards, the Air Medal ribbon has the numeral ’17’ on it; Pilot’s flying wings; pair of gilt shoulder devices; and cloth unit patch for the 1st Aviation Brigade.

Daniel A. Lambdin was born on 28th April 1937, and came from Norfolk, Virginia. Having joined the United States Army (Service Number 3200622), he then flew in Vietnam as a Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class and pilot with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company – the Top Tigers, a part of the 12th Aviation Group, 145th Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, flying in Huey Helicopter – UH1. This unit was constituted into the Regular Army in March 1960, and were then known as the Tigers. They were activated on 15th August 1964 in the Pacific as the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company in the history of Army Aviation. The unit was then deactivated and remained dormant till 12th July 1965, when it was activated as the 68th Aviation Company (Airmobile Light).

On 1st September 1965, Major Weldon F. Honeycutt became the first Commanding Officer to lead the “Tigers” in combat operations. He was given 30 days in which to organise and ready the company for overseas movement. Arriving at Vung Tau in the Republic of Vietnam on 28th November 1965, the “Tigers” became the “Top Tigers” and flew their first combat mission on 4th December 1965, for purposes of orientation. On 16th December 1965, the 68th conducted its first unit size combat assault. Inspite on one pilot being wounded and three ships receiving hits, all aircraft and personnel returned safely.

Since their first assault in December 1965, the “Top Tigers” at one time or another went on to support virtually every combat unit in III Corps area and several units located in II and IV Corps. They participated in nearly every major combat operation in III Corps, as well as lending support to “Operation Masher” in II Corps, North of Qui Nhon. It was this later operation which earned the 68th a letter of appreciation from Colonel Francis Naughton, Senior US Advisor, 1st Airborne Brigade. Due to the “Top Tigers” determination and courage in resupplying ammunition to Alpha Company of the 2nd Airborne Task Force, the unit was able to repulse several Viet Cong attacks. Without the resupply, the letter stated, Alpha Company would have certainly been overrun. Also highlighting their first full month of combat operations was the “Top Tigers” participation in “Operation Crimp”. a joint allied manouvre in the Plain of Reeds near Duc Hoa. During this operation the 145th Aviation Battalion, with the “Top Tigers” in the lead, transported 2000 men of the 1st Airborne Brigade, ARVN, into the Viet Cong stronghold west of Duc Hoa. Surprise caught the enemy off guard and the ARVN troops subsequently killed man of the Viet Cong. During the final two lifts, and later during resupply and Medevac missions, automatic weapons fire was received by nearly all the 68th ships. Fortunately no personnel or aircraft were lost. Such events as these described above, occurring during their first 60 days in combat operations, attests to the fact that in the 68th the motto was “Every Man A Tiger”. During the next month, a rapid reaction call was answered by the “Top Tigers” at 1600 hours on 11th February 1966. A unit of the 25th Infantry Division (ARVN) had landed by rapid barge south of Tan Tru in the Mekong River Delta and were pinned down by intense enemy fire. The 68th flight met with heavy enemy fire on approach to the peninsula tip east of Tan Tru, landing only a few metres from dug in enemy positions. Four aircraft were hit by small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. The actions taken by the 68th enabled the 25th Division to regain its footing, and strike a telling blow on the estimated battalion of Viet Cong. During the period from April through to September 1966, the 68th supported combat operations conducted by the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 25th US Infantry and the 5th and 10th ARVN Divisions. During this time the “Top Tigers” were selected to train “B” Company, 25th Aviation Battalion.

On 20th July 1966, Lambdin was aircraft commander of a 68th Aviation Company UH-1 making an assault landing in Long An Province, near Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. The aircraft was hit by hostile fire, crashed and exploded, killing all four on board.
Lambdin received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 17 Air Medals, and the Purple Heart. Lambdin is commemorated by name on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, Panel 9E Line 48. (10)

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Birth: Apr. 28, 1937
Norfolk
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1966
Gia Dinh, Vietnam

MILITARY DATA
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: W2
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
ID No: W3200622
MOS: 062B: Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Length Service: 10
Unit: 68TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV

CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 11/05/1965
Incident Date: 07/20/1966
Casualty Date: 07/20/1966
Age at Loss: 29
Location: Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Helicopter – Crew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

ON THE WALL Panel 09E Line 048

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Notes from The Wall:

Lambdin, Daniel A.
Chief Warrant Officer W2
United States Army
68th Aslt Hel Co, 145th Cbt Avn Bn, APO 96227

Date action: 9 July 1966
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason:
For gallantry in action: Chief Warrant Officer Lambdin distinguished himself on 9 July 1966 while serving as aircraft commander of an armed UH-1B helicopter during an emergency medical evacuation mission near Song Be, Republic of Vietnam. While providing support for a combat patrol, CWO Lambdin received a message from an American ground advisor requesting immediate evacuation of a seriously wounded Vietnamese soldier. Since the advisor stated that the landing zone was small and insecure and that he was unable to move the wounded soldier to a new area, CWO Lambdin immediately volunteered to attempt the evacuation. As he conducted two low level passes over the area to determine if the mission was possible, CWO Lambdin’s aircraft received intense Viet Cong ground fire. Nevertheless, he judged that the evacuation was possible and successfully executed an approach and landing amidst the hostile fire. After the patient was safely aboard the helicopter, CWO Lambdin skillfully departed the perilous battle area and flew the patient to medical facilities. CWO Lambdin died on a later date as a result of combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam. CWO Lambdin’s extraordinary heroism in close combat against a hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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Silver Star
Bronze Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart
Air Medal with numeral 16
Good Conduct Medal, 3rd award
Army Of Occupation Medal with Berlin Airlift device
Vietnam Service Medal with 1 bronze service star
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/ Device (1960)
Expert Badge with Rifle Bar
Parachutist Badge – Master

 

Col. Glenn H. Hathaway – Army – Artillery

WW2 (P.Heart)/SS Rearguard Action / Korea / Vietnam / (attended First Atom Bomb tests as Observer Nevada 1952).

PRICE £2000.00


INCLUDING OVERSEAS SHIPPING PRICE + £40

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Medals, documents and memorabilia from the estate of Colonel Glenn Herbert Hathaway, U.S. Army number 0 985 823,

to include;

Purple Heart Medal

(with document for wounds received in action near Weingartern Germany 13th July 1945, (fighting SS Units who were fighting to the death 2 months after the official War end.)

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WW2 Bronze Star, (same period as Wound)

Good Conduct Medal,

WW2 Victory Medal,

European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal,

American Campaign Medal,

National Defense Medal,

Army of Occupation Medal,

Armed Forces Reserve Medal,

Joint Services Commendation medal

 also included is a Combat Infantry Badge, Hathaway’s pair of Dog tags, rank ribbon with each grade of rank from Lieutenant to Colonel,

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two swagger sticks one fitted with a 1943 dated .50 calibre round, Hathaway’s 1960’s Field Grade Officer Parade visor hat,

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a certificate honoring the memory of Glenn Hathaway issued by Ronald Regan, Memorial record from Hathaway’s funeral April 11th 1983,

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also a oil on canvas portrait of Colonel Hathaway signed ‘Rembrandt Kim’ 45cm x 38cm,

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also two circular trays and a footed salver (32cm and 16cm diameters) with presentation inscriptions to Hathaway.

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