In Memoriam
1919 - 2007

Herbert Lamkins celebrated his 88th Birthday on July 14, 2007.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 27, 2007.
Melba, his beloved wife of 25 years, was with him.
Melba joined him on January 11, 2010 at age 87.

Herbert's obituary
Front page of Herbert's burial note
Inside of Herbert's burial note
Melba's obituary



Herbert K. Lamkins received his induction summons on September 26, 1942; the day the first of his four sons was born. He joined the 10th Armored Division at Ft. Benning, Georgia in the Spring of 1943 after completing basic training. He was on the second American troop ship to dock at Cherbourg in September, 1944 after the Allies cleared the harbor. Lamkins served with Patton's Third Army throughout the drive to Germany and Hitler's surrender: battles included Metz, the Ardennes, Bastogne, Saar-Moselle Triangle and Trier. The Tiger Division had driven into Austria when the war ended. Thereafter he performed occupation duty until the 10th Armored Division was deactivated on October 15, 1945 in New Jersey.


10th Armored's nickname was the Tiger Division.


General George S. Patton upholding one of his promises. As he advanced toward Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Patton swore he would "take a leak" in the Rhine River as his troops crossed into Germany. Here he is, surrounded by staff & guards, doing just that on a pontoon bridge across the Rhine River in March, 1945.



At CCC camp in 1940

With son Bill and wife Jewel in 1944


We salute H.K. Lamkins for his great service to his country
in World War II to keep our country free.
Read about the Tigers and their accomplishments!




Jake Lamkins