Lisbon Falls – James E. Lambert, 50, of Lisbon Falls, died Thursday, April 2, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Fort Thomas, Ky., on Nov. 21, 1958, the son of James and Betty Lambert.

He had a distinguished and decorated career in the U.S. Navy and recently retired after 30 years of active duty service as a Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. He served on board the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) as the only Independent Duty Corpsman when the ship hit a mine in the Persian Gulf on April 14, 1988. He treated and evacuated many seriously injured crew members with no loss of life.

He served in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and most recently volunteered for an individual augmentation tour in Iraq with a Health Affairs Multi-National Security Transition Command.

He retired on Oct. 1, 2008, after serving as Senior Enlisted Leader at the Naval Health Branch Clinic, NAS Brunswick.

James is survived by his wife Stephanie, of Lisbon Falls; two sons, James Jr. of Clarksville, Tenn., and Kyle of Jupiter, Fla.; and his sister, Rebecca Burke of Mount Sterling, Ky.

James is also survived by many close friends that he enjoyed spending time with from the Lisbon Falls and Brunswick areas.

He was predeceased by his mother, Betty Lambert.

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