Mourning the death of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III

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  • 03 / Apr / 2013
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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of retired United States Navy
Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its grateful
appreciation to a veteran whose military service enhanced the quality of
life for the citizens of this great Empire State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to mourn the
death of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake,
III; and
WHEREAS, Rear Admiral Julian Strong Lake, III died on March 2, 2013,
at the age of 90 in Frederick, Maryland; he was a resident of Bingham-
ton, New York, for 22 years, moving to Maryland in November of 2012
after the death of his wife, Lucinda; and
WHEREAS, Born on June 13, 1922, in South Boston, Virginia, to Julian
Strong Lake, Jr. and Cary Stebbins Lake, Admiral Lake grew up in Newport
News and Paces, Virginia, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute
before joining the United States Navy in 1942; he entered flight school
and became a night and all-weather fighter pilot; and
WHEREAS, Admiral Lake served in World War II (Pacific Theater), the
Korean War, and the Vietnam War; he commanded the United States Navy's
first F4H Phantom II squadron; and
WHEREAS, Admiral Lake also commanded a carrier air group on the U.S.S.
Forrestal and later was the commanding officer of the U.S.S. John F.
Kennedy; his final tour of duty was as commander of Naval Electronics
Systems Command; he was one of the foremost experts in electronic
warfare, working with 21 allied countries to develop shared tactics for
electronic countermeasures; and
WHEREAS, Admiral Lake was the recipient of three Air Medals during
World War II, a Bronze Star in Vietnam, and a Navy Commendation Medal in
Korea; he was honored as a member emeritus of the Early and Pioneer
Naval Aviators Association (The Golden Eagles); and
WHEREAS, Along with flying some of the toughest combat missions in the
Pacific during World War II and Korea, Admiral Lake commanded an
aircraft carrier where he sent bombing missions into North Vietnam; he
has been considered by most as the father of modern electronic warfare;
WHEREAS, Admiral Lake attended George Washington University, where he
earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, and later
graduated from the Naval War College; after retiring from the United
States Navy in 1976, he lived in California for 14 years where he had
become the publisher of COUNTERMEASURES MAGAZINE; and
WHEREAS, Admiral Lake served on the board of directors and was presi-
dent of the Association of Old Crows, electronic warfare's professional
organization; he also became a consultant for numerous defense contrac-
tors, wrote many articles and lectured on electronic warfare around the
world; and
WHEREAS, When Admiral Lake moved to Binghamton, he became active in
many community service organizations, including being a Paul Harris
Fellow with Binghamton's Rotary Club, and a member of the vestry of
Christ Episcopal Church; and
WHEREAS, Also predeceased by a daughter, Clara, Admiral Lake is
survived by the family of his second wife, Lucinda, including stepfa-
ther-in-law, Cecil, and sister-in-law, Lisa; he is also survived by his
first wife, Barbara, their children, Julia, Diane, and Julian IV, along
with their seven grandchildren, Cameron, Kevin, Scott, Andrew, Penny,

Jeanette, and Jessica, as well as their great-grandchild, Morgan Jacob;
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Admiral Lake leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian Strong
Lake, III; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Julian
Strong Lake, III.


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