I mourn the passing of a great naval aviator, a professional analyst of all things naval, and a soulful and compelling writer of poetry and prose.

Ray Mabus, SecNav

Cross-posted at Neptunus Lex

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  • redc1c4

    May i suggest to the good Secretary that he change the name of LPD-26 to be USS Carroll LeFon?

  • Amen…

  • I’ll second that motion.

  • Byron

    I also second that motion. I can’t think of a single person I know of that has touched so many lives in a positive manner that Lex Lefon. SECNAV, with all due respect I suggest you have someone spend a few hours reading the comments at his blog and at the Neptunus Lex Facebook page. We’ve had a wake going since we found out…STILL going.

  • I agree with the motion presented, and would urge the good Secretary to see that this suggestion bears fruit in a timely manner.

    LPD-26 USS Carroll LeFon. What a wonderful suggestion.

  • Carrie

    Glad he got that one right.

  • Whether intentionally or incidentally, Captain LeFon has provided yeoman service as an ambassador of the Naval Aviation community, as well as serving as an inspiring example of a Professional Naval Officer. He has provided sage counsel to officers, enlisted men, and civilians within and without the Naval Service.
    To his dying moment, his eye was fixed on the goal of advancing the abilities of Naval Aviation, and there is a plethora of evidence that demonstrates his commitment to his God, his Navy, his Country, and his Family.
    I join my voice with others to strongly recommend that consideration be made to name one of our Amphibious Warfare ships after Captain Carrol LeFon, to celebrate the service he rendered to both the United States Navy, and those United States Marines who benefited from his close air support skills.

    Semper Fidelis,
    William R. Benson

  • Old AF Sarge

    Thank you Mr Secretary.

  • Deborah

    Short of having the US Navy buy out Guinness, what honor shall we adorn our beloved Neptunus Lex? I am angry beyond all comprehension, and I will not be comforted. I want to kick stumps, throw rocks, and smash all the dishes.

  • Mr. Secretary,

    If you spend only a moment to look around the internet today, you’ll see that CAPT LeFon has been an incredible asset to the Navy, in the sense that thousands of people with little or no connection to the Sea Services learned just what kind of fine people serve their nation.

    Perhaps the next time the question of social media comes up, you’ll recall that one man, with a true voice, has done more good than hundreds of PAO’s in bolstering the confidence the American people have in their Sailors. He did this not by being a cheerleader for the team, but by telling the world the good, the bad, the ugly, always unvarnished and with the utmost integrity.

    Imagine the benefit to the Navy if active duty officers felt fewer constraints on telling their stories as well.

  • xbradtc hits square in the black.

    Captain LeFon WAS “Leadership by Example”. I would have followed that man anywhere were he my skipper. The reason so many people loved him, respected him, and followed his writing is because he spoke the truth. If you had a question, he’d answer it honestly.

    Our current Navy, our Beloved Navy, is being smothered in politics of all sorts, being used as a social-engineering petri dish. In such an environment, many good people, enlisted and officers, are afraid to speak out for fear of retribution.

    Our beloved Navy needs more leaders like Captain LeFon, and greater use of social media, coupled with a tolerance for opposing views.

  • B Dubya

    I served in the Navy for 12 years or so starting in the summer of 1970. Nuclear submarines, of course.

    It was my honor then to serve with a Commanding Officer who, like Captain LeFon, was a man for whom I would have charged hell with a bucket of kerosene. Brilliant, courageous, and, without doubt, the best skipper I ever served with.

    These men are rare and represent what is best in us and the Naval Service in which they chose to dedicate their lives.

    God rest you, Cap’n.

  • Tom Carter

    Tim hits the nail on the head. What better contemporary example of Naval leadership do we have? With all the morale-challenging political correctness nonsense blooming in the Navy and Marine Corps today, the act of honoring the memory of Neptunus Lex by naming a ship for him would be an easy no-brainer cause for celebration.

    Tom Carter

  • George P

    Xbradtc is right on target. I’m a former journalist with little or no knowledge of the military, but as a longtime reader of Capt. LeFon and his many commenters, I learned a LOT, both good and bad, about military life, weapons systems and such. Even blog posts and comments on “bad” things showed how deeply our military folks care about the country and the service and were always meant to improve things, not bash them. He was the window into the military I didn’t get from newspaper articles or political speeches. As I write, there are more than 1,000 condolence comments on Lex’s blog. He will be GREATLY missed.

  • I really really really like the way USS CARROLL LEFON rolls off the tongue. Make it happen, Mr. Secretary.

  • John C. Pevec, Sr.

    The backbone of a ship is within its timber and iron, its heart within its Captain and crew, and its soul within its name. So it is and so it should be that this fine man have a ship with his name.

  • Wharf Rat

    To be honest, I’d rather see a destroyer named after him. Something about a little more firepower just does it for me.