February 20, 2015

Major General Herbert A. Lyon


Major General Herbert A. Lyon
1921-2006
Service Dress Uniform & Flight Cap

General Lyon entered military service in 1942 and completed aviation cadet training in February of 1943.  He was then assigned to the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations with the Troop Carrier Command in 1944.  Lyon flew C-46 aircraft in campaigns from New Guinea to the Philippines and Okinawa. He participated in the Japanese occupation as commander of the 5th Combat Cargo Squadron.  In 1949 Lyon was posted to Elgin Air Force Base.  After attending the Army Command and General Staff School, he was assigned to U.S. Air Force Headquarters in 1960 in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.  Lyon would then serve as commander of the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1967.  His next posting was as vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Organization at Norton Air Force Base in 1971.  Upon retirement in 1975, Lyon was the commander of the Space and Missile Test Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base.