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.
Front page of Herbert's burial note
Inside of Herbert's burial note
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.
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