By Naval History and Heritage Command The USS Lassen (DDG-82) was named after Clyde Everett Lassen, born in Fort Myers, Fla., on 14 March 1942, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 14 September 1961. Lassen later applied for the Naval Aviation Cadet program, and was accepted in 1964, receiving his Wings of Gold on 12 October 1965. A helicopter pilot, he was ultimately awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous intrepidity in the face of enemy fire while rescuing other aircrew. Read about how he flew in – determined and unafraid – despite darkness and uncertainty. The ship’s crest recalls Lt. Lassen’s service during the Vietnam War. Interestingly the heraldic sea lion symbolizes strength and courage, demonstrated by Lt. Lassen. The compass rose symbolizes the landing lights of his helicopter, while rescuing the aviators, revealing his position to the enemy, when illumination was lost. Learn more about both the man and the ship, where you can also read for yourself his Medal of Honor citation.