“…He said nice things, which is always gratifying. To know you left a bit of a mark, even in the final laps…”
Carroll “Lex” LeFon
November 3, 2011
A Bit about Lex for Those Who Are New
Carroll “Lex” LeFon was one of the first milbloggers who, within a few years, developed a world-wide audience with thousands of readers. Only he really didn’t think of himself as only a milblogger. His blog was so much more – not only reporting on military news, but social discussions of the day, stories of his time in naval aviation, and insightful and inspiring essays on life.
Some of these stories are hilarious and some instructive. He encouraged people of various beliefs to join in the discussion. All that he asked was respect for one another and civility.
By Whisper, on March 7th, 2012
When Lex “left the keys in it” for me to be a guest blogger here about a year ago, we didn’t discuss what to do in this occasion. I am at a loss. I did feel the need to provide one place for your tributes and condolences to collect. So here it is.
As Lex would say, talk amongst yourselves.
From The Editor: Lex referred to his readers – The Lexicans – on more than one occasion as “some of the best friends I’ve never met”. I wonder if he ever knew how many of those were out there.
From his San Diego neighbor who knew Carroll LeFon but did not know the identity of Neptunus Lex, to a serviceman in Afghanistan to a young Frenchman, many came to show their grief from around the world. They were grandmothers, truck drivers, active duty military, retired military, retired policemen, a friend of 20 years, even the Secretary of the Navy.
They are here, in a .pdf file that will download.
There is at least 1 on that list who didn’t know Lex in life but became a friend after reading some posts the next day, realizing what a good man he was.
We had all lost a good friend.
My thanks to advokaat and Colocomment for helping me with the .pdf file.
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By Whisper, on March 8th, 2012
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 Naval Institute blog
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By lex, on February 19th, 2012
Kid had a pretty good run:
By lex, on November 23rd, 2009
A Medal of Honor awardee, ** and the leader of the last bayonet charge in US military history has stepped into the clearing at the end of the path:
By lex, on November 6th, 2009
Max props and best wishes for a speedy recovery to police Sergeant Kimberly Munley, who ended the shooting spree in Fort Hood with four well-placed rounds even after having herself been wounded:
By lex, on May 25th, 2011
An Australian soldier who had led his platoon to the rescue of an embattled American company in Afghanistan – while wounded – has stepped into the clearing: