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Virgil L Lamb

War: World War II
Parent/Wife: Mrs Jessie/Ethel
City: Wisc. Rapids
Birth Date: 26 Jun 1910
Death Date: 17 Jan 1945
How Died: Dow
Where Died: Belgium
Where Buried:
Rank: Pvt
Branch: Army

Kia=Killed in Action
Dow=Died of Wounds
Dod=Died of Disease
Mia=Missing in Action


Although Virgil Lamb was born at Lake Wall, Louisiana, he was a Wood County resident for more than 15 years before he gave his life for his country. He was a quiet man with a good sense of humor who was always there for his family. He served with great excellence in World War II and received numerous medals for his expertise with firearms. Today, he is remembered by many more than just his friends and family. His services and his sacrifice that he made for this country are respected by everyone.

Just like every other person, Virgil has a story. He was born on June 26th, 1910 in Lake Wall, Louisiana. He attended grade school there and then later moved to Iowa where he grew up with his family. As a young child his parents divorced, so he then grew up in a larger family of three sisters, three brothers, and four half brothers. Virgil was just like any other typical boy, on the weekends and in his spare time he liked to fish and hunt.

In 1929, he moved to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. There he drove a semi truck for CW Transport and worked briefly for Consolidated Water Power and Paper Company before he entered the armed forces. In 1941, he married Ethel. Together they had two children and created a regular family. Virgil, a quiet, loving family man, was always there for his two children, Priscilla and Roger.

Virgil served in the 33rd armored regiment and was assigned leader of the 22 men who left from Wisconsin Rapids on June 23rd for Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He received training at Fort Knox and Fort George Meade before his unit left New York by ship and arrived in Belgium in December 1944. Being the caring man that he was, he never complained in the letters he wrote while he was in war, only asking how the children were getting along.

On January 16th, while in Belgium, Virgil received wounds while in action. The very next day they caused him his life. On January 17th, 1945 at the age of 34 he gave his life for his country and we will forever consider him as a quiet hero. On that same day, Priscilla and Roger lost a father, and Ethel lost her friend and husband. And forever, too; their hero.

Written By:
Olivia Riedel, Student, East Junior High

Virgil I. Lamb was born on June 26th, 1910 in Lake Wall and moved to Wisconsin Rapids in 1929. He worked for the Wisconsin Rapids Transport Company and Consolidated Water Power and Paper.

When he was living in Wisconsin Rapids he met his future wife, Ethel. They started to see each other and after a while of dating they were married and had a son and a daughter. A few years later, he quit working at Consolidate Water Power and Paper Plant to join the United States Army on June 23rd, 1944.

He was trained in Fort Knox, KY and then Fort George, Maryland. After he completed his training he went to Europe with Company E of the 33rd armored regiment and was deployed to Belgium. Heavy fighting had been taking place there against the German forces. First, Ethel Lamb received a telegram that Virgil was seriously wounded on January 16th in Belgium. A few days later, on February 4th, 1945, Ethel was informed that Virgil had died from his wounds.

Private Lamb was survived by his wife and two small children, Priscilla Ann, and Roger Virgil, his mother, Mrs. Jessie Lamb, Eagle Grove, Ia., seven brothers, Marion, Charles, Pearl and James all of Pittsville, Jess of Racine, Edward of Wisconsin Rapids and S/Sgt Earl Lamb serving in the army at Fort Wadsworth, NY, and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Krause, LuVerne, Ill, and Mrs. James Hill, Eagle Grove, Ia.

Written by:

Trey Kent, East Junior High School


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