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Capt. John O. Lambrecht, USN
Posted by: Patrick Gaston (ID *****8423) Date: March 06, 2006 at 22:00:53
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I am searching for descendants of John O. Lambrecht, an Annapolis graduate and naval aviator who took part in the search for Amelia Earhart in 1937.

Assigned to the USS Colorado, Lambrecht commanded a three-aircraft squadron which overflow several of the Phoenix Island, including Hull, McKean and Gardner. They didn't find Amelia, obviously, but noted "signs of recent habitation" on a couple of the islands. I'm trying to determine whether he ever talked to any family members about his role in the Earhart search, and what these "signs" might have been.

Capt. Lambrecht went on to have a distinguished career, during which he commanded (at least) two aircraft carriers and served on the staff of the National War College. Following is a bio from the USS Oriskany website.


CAPTAIN JOHN OSGOOD LAMBRECHT USN [commander of the aicraft carrier USS Oriskany] JULY 1951- JULY 1952

Captain John O. Lambrecht USN took command of the Oriskany at Izmir for the second half of the cruise, relieving Captain Percy Lyon USN on Thursday, July 26, 1951. Captain Lambrecht came to the Oriskany from the National War College in Washington. Previously he had had wide experience in highly responsible naval assignments. A member of the Annapolis Class of 1925, he first served in engineering and gunnery on the battleship PENNSYLVANIA and in the Far East. In 1930 he took flight training at San Diego and Pensacola. By 1934 he served as an instructor at Pensacola. After that he spent more than 3 years as an air officer in Asiatic waters. Just before Pearl Harbor he went to Corpus Christi as Operations Officer, leaving that assignment just after he made Captain in July 1943. He became Chief of Staff, ComCarDiv 11, Pacific Fleet. Then he was ordered to NAB Manus as Commandant. In July 1945 he took command of the aircraft carrier MAKASSAR STRAIT. The next year he was assigned to OpNav as Assistant Chief, Committees (Aviation), General Planning Group. In February 1948, Captain Lambrecht joined the Staff, Commander In Chief, US Atlantic Fleet, staying until August 1950. He was Assistant Chief for Plans, and Assistant to the US Representative to the North Atlantic Ocean Regional Group. From there he moved to the National War College, before coming to the Oriskany.

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