Admiral Chambers Luncheon

Admiral Chambers Luncheon
Registration Begins
3/12/2019 10:00 AM
Last Day To Register
5/11/2019 10:00 PM
900 W. Marion Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950, US
Share this event
The last date for registration has passed.






Rear Admiral Lawrence Chambers USN (Ret) speaking on Operation Frequent Wind


May 15th at 11:00 am

At the NEW Military Heritage Museum

900 W. Marion Ave

Punta Gorda, FL 33950


Co-Sponsored with the US Naval Academy Alumni Association Florida Suncoast Chapter

Price: $30.00 Includes: Lunch (by FM Dons), Admiral Chambers presentation, & one day membership to all Museum premium activities.

RSVP in advance. Limited to the first 100 people



In April 1975, while in command of the aircraft carrier USS Midway, then Captain Chambers was ordered to "make best speed" to the waters off South Vietnam as North Vietnam overran the country to take part in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of U.S. and South Vietnamese personnel. At the time the carrier was in Subic Bay Naval Base with the engineering plant partially torn apart. Soon the carrier's flight deck was full of helicopters carrying refugees from the fall of South Vietnam


Lawrence Cleveland "Larry" Chambers (born June 10, 1929) was the first African American to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and the first African-American graduate of the Naval Academy to reach flag rank. While in command of USS Midway during Operation Frequent Wind, Chambers gave the controversial order to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of UH-1 Huey helicopters so Republic of Vietnam Air Force Major Buang-Ly could land on the aircraft carrier in a Cessna O-1 Bird Dog with his wife and five children, thereby saving their lives.

Reserve your spot today!

Reservation Link


$30.00 per Participant
Cancellation Policy
If your cancellation is at least 24 hours in advance of the event, you will receive a full refund. If your cancellation is less than 24 hours in advance, you will receive a gift certificate to attend a future event. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Administrator

Copyright © 1998-2020. All rights reserved.