Local hero remembered

Published 11:13 am Friday, September 9, 2016

Former Major League Baseball player Dave Winfield once said, “Heroes are ordinary people that have achieved extraordinary things in life.”

For the many Americans who fought in World War I, most of those soldiers didn’t set out to become heroes. They simply wanted to protect their loved ones back home.

Yet, in doing so, some excelled in their fields of service and became heroes nonetheless.

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On Saturday, you can learn about one of those World War I heroes at a book signing at Unger’s Shoes in Ironton.

University of Rio Grande Professor of History Dr. Samuel J. Wilson will have a signing for his new book, “Bill Lambert: World War I Flying Ace,” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lambert was an Ironton native who served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. He was the second highest scoring ace in WWI with 22 victories.

According to the author, Lambert didn’t consider himself a hero, just someone who wanted to learn to fly.

Unfortunately, not many people outside historical circles have ever heard of Bill Lambert. The same could be said for people right here in the Tri-State as well.

Thanks to Wilson and his new book, folks can learn about one of our very own war heroes and celebrate the bravery that he and others had.

Take this opportunity to learn more about a great Lawrence County historical figure, and visit Unger’s on Saturday.