Lyle Franklin Bull (born April 8, 1938) was a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. RADM Bull flew 237 combat missions during three cruises to Vietnam. During a successful and harrowing single-ship mission into Hanoi, Lt. Bull was awarded the Navy Cross. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University.
Years of service: 1961–1998. Rank: Rear admiral (upper half).
Commands held: Commander, Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet / Carrier Group 5, Commander, Carrier Group 7, Commander, USS Constellation (CV 64), Commander, USS San Jose (AFS 7), Commander, Attack Squadron 128, Commander, Attack Squadron 196.
His awards include the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, 19 Air Medals, several Navy Commendations, Unit Awards, Meritorious Service awards, and a medal from the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.
RADM Bull passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018, at 20:17 in his Whidbey Island home, surrounded by his beloved wife, four sons, and one daughter-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Diana, his brother Rich, and four sons: Ron, Vince, Bruce (Tacie) and Dell (Kari), along with 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. His family was the most important thing to him on this earth, and trumped the truly outstanding legacy of service and leadership that he achieved in his 37 years of Naval Aviation service. The love for the men and women he served with and led was a hallmark of this exceptional man. His love for country, the people he served and most importantly his family are the things that have now risen with him to reunite with his Savior, where Lyle looks down upon us all with love, and pride. Fair winds and following seas for your next set of adventures, husband, father, grandfather and friend. We will always love you.
The service will be held Saturday, May 12, at NAS Whidbey’s chapel at 2 p.m. Any donations can be made to Oak Harbor Lutheran Church.