Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Remembering a Veteran: Lt. Levi Lamb, 9th Inf., 2nd Div., AEF


Lt. Levi Lamb
Prior to the Great War,  Levi Lamb was a star heavyweight wrestler, football lineman, and  track letterman for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Athletically, he is today best remembered as a starting tackle on the undefeated 1912 football squad.  After a few years as a teacher and athletic coach, he volunteered for the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Fort Snelling, MN, and earned a commission as an infantry officer.

Assigned to the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division, he fought at Ch√Ęteau-Thierry in June and July 1918. He was killed  in action near Soissons  leading his men onward, 18 July 1918,  the opening day of the offensive stage of the Second Battle of the Marne.  In August 1921, at his family's request, Levi Lamb's remains were returned home from France and buried at the Buck Valley Methodist Church Cemetery  in Fulton County, PA.

After the war, Levi Lamb's commanding officer, Col. John Samuel, wrote of him: "The regiment lost a courageous and gallant officer beloved alike by his fellow officers and men. His conduct during the battle, as in former engagements with his regiment, has been of the highest order and an inspiration to all about him."

He has been honored since 1952 as the namesake of Levi Lamb Fund athletic scholarship endowment at his alma mater. 


The 1912 Undefeated Penn State Squad; Levi Lamb, 3rd from left, Middle Row   
Teammate James "Red" Bebout, 5th from Left, Was Also Killed in the War While Serving with the 4th Division in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

3 comments:

  1. I've donated to the Levi Lamb Fund at Penn State for many years but had no idea that Levi Lamb was KIA in WWI. Thank you for this information. It has added an entirely different perspective to something I previously only related to athletics.

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  2. Yes, excellent info when it touches your world.

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  3. My father, Harry R Louis was a sergeant in the 9th Infantry, 2nd Division and was awarded the Silver Star for actions at Nuart on November 4, 1918.

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