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  • Hail and Farewell to Neptunus Lex

    Posted by David Foster on April 1st, 2012 (All posts by )

    Services for Captain Carroll LeFon…Neptunus Lex…were held Tuesday March 26 at Fort Rosencrans…I wasn’t there, but a large number of Lex’s blogfriends were present in addition to his family, colleagues, and real-life friends. The flyover was, appropriately, by a U.S. Navy F-18 and an ATAC Kfir.

    There are now more than 1600 comments on this memorial thread, and another 200+ here…many of them quite eloquent, such as this one:

    I will be there, in spirit… Not as an eagle, but as a badger

    Many people have written tributes to Lex on their own blogs. Fuzzybear Lioness reposted a piece she wrote in 2008, on the occasion of Lex’s retirement from the Navy, in which she describes getting to know the Captain via blog and email and later meeting him in person. Well worth reading. Also, someone found a “Friday Musings” post from a few years back featuring Lex himself, on video.

    My own selection of favorite Lex posts can be found here.

    A new blog, The Lexicans, has been formed in order to continue the great community that grew up at Neptunus Lex. Hopefully all Lexicans and recent Lex-discoverers will check it out. And I understand that the U.S. Naval Institute plans to publish in book form “Rhythms,” Lex’s book-in-progress about life on an aircraft carrier, and possibly the blog itself as well.

    It was a pleasure reading you and learning from you, Lex, and it was an honor to be listed as a “Wingman” on your blogroll.


    2 Responses to “Hail and Farewell to Neptunus Lex”

    1. Bill Brandt Says:

      David – thanks to you I learned about Lex – regrettably after his death but better late than never.

      He was a tremendously talented man in his field with a self-deprecating sense of humor – a rare combination! His story – that you linked – of his daughter’s 14 year old friend’s visible disappointment upon learning that he wasn’t an actor in the movie Topgun – just a mere member of the unit upon which it was based – is priceless.

      His post about seeing his friend die in an F5 from a simple misunderstanding in West Coast vs East Coast landing traditions – told me how – in his business going form “normal” to “catastrophe” was a second – told me he was humble to the dangers of his profession.

      I hope for 2 things in re: Lex.

      First, I hope that from his new vantage point he can look – and smile – at knowledge of all the people he affected in a positive way and second, that his family keep his blog up so latecomers like me can learn more about this fascinating man.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      Lex really did create a remarkable community. It will be interesting to see how it does in his absence.

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