Dewey Lambdin was a nautical historical novelist who passed away on July 26, 2021, at the age of 76. He was best known for his Alan Lewrie naval adventure series, spanning the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Besides the Alan Lewrie series, he was also the author of What Lies Buried: a novel of Old Cape Fear. he was born on January 26, 1945, to the late Dewey and Edda Lambdin. He graduated from the Military Academy at Castle Heights in 1962 and from Montana State University in 1969 with a degree in film and television production. He worked for 12 years as a producer/director for a network affiliate television station before turning to writing fiction. He wrote 25 books in the Alan Lewrie series, and was working on his 26th book, set to be published in 2022. He wrote with the help of his beloved typewriter, resisting the temptation of a computer. He was a very talented published author, and he will be deeply missed by all that knew him, loved him, and enjoyed his books.
The Legacy of Alan Lewrie
Alan Lewrie is the protagonist of Dewey Lambdin’s nautical historical novels. He is a naval officer who serves in the Royal Navy during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is a complex and flawed character, who is often involved in various adventures, battles, intrigues, and romances. He is also a skilled sailor, fighter, and leader, who rises from a midshipman to a captain and beyond. He encounters many historical figures and events, such as George Washington, Horatio Nelson, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812. He also travels to many exotic locations, such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Indian Ocean, and the South Pacific. the Alan Lewrie series consists of 25 books, which were released between the years of 1989 and 2021. The first book is The King’s Coat, and the last book is Much Ado About Lewrie. The 26th book, The King’s Privateers, is expected to be published in 2022. The series has been praised by critics and readers alike for its historical accuracy, vivid descriptions, humor, action, and character development. Lambdin has been compared to other famous nautical novelists, such as Patrick O’Brian, C.S. Forester, and Alexander Kent.
A Family of Navy Officers
Dewey Lambdin was not the only member of his family who had a connection to the navy. His father, Dewey Whitley Lambdin, was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, who started as a seaman recruit in 1930 and remained a career navy officer until 1954. He was killed in a tragic accident on May 26, 1954, when a launching catapult exploded on board the USS Bennington, killing him and 101 fellow crewmen. He was serving as an administrative officer at the time. He was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in LaFollette, Tennessee. he was born on October 9, 1909, in LaFollette, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934. He served in various ships and stations, including the USS Saratoga, the USS Lexington, the USS Enterprise, and the Naval Air Station Pensacola. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was survived by his wife, Edda Ellison Lambdin, and his son, Dewey Whitley Lambdin II.