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Pvt. Marvin L. Lamb

Company A, 317th Infantry

 By Terry D. Janes


I was recently contacted by the family of Pvt. Marvin L. Lamb, of Company A, 317th Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. Marvin was one of those brave men who fought and died on the "Bloody Knob" at Kehmen, Luxembourg. Marvin was killed on January 10, 1945. His company had just been moved from Heiderscheid, Luxembourg on January 9, 1945 at 5:45 PM, and were trucked to an area two miles North of Fuelen, and marched by foot to the "Bloody Knob" just south of Kehmen, where they took up a defensive position. This area had been a major hotspot since just before Christmas. Many other brave men had already died for this piece of ground. The Germans were determined to hold the area, as it was the doorway into Germany itself.


Pvt. Lamb was one of three men wounded from A Company that bitterly cold January day. Also wounded, was Pvt. Robert J. Group who was lightly wounded in action and evacuated to the hospital with Marvin Lamb. Pvt. Carmelo P. Rasa was listed as lightly injured in action and also evacuated. Private Marvin L. Lamb died of his wounds that day.


Since my friend, Luxembourg Historian Jean Muller and I have been working on so many other mysteries of the "Bloody Knob", I know that there is no one with a better understanding of what transpired on that rocky hill. I discussed the situation of Pvt. Marvin L. Lamb with Jean, and put the family of Marvin in touch with Jean. When Jean explores an area with his metal detector, he records whatever he finds by photo and catalog of where he found it, as well as any notes of his impression of what he has found. Jean went back through his records, and discovered that about 12 years ago, he'd found the mess kit belonging to Pvt. Lamb, except at the time, he didn't know who Pvt. Lamb was. Jean Muller very generously sent Pvt. Lamb's family Marvin's mess kit, which he had dropped when he was wounded. I am proud to announce that Marvin's family now has his mess kit, and are grateful to have this small memento of Marvin's.


From what Jean found, and the conditions on the scene, he believes, and I concur that Marvin and at least one other soldier were hit by a screaming-meemie air-burst. It is possible that all three wounded men were hit by that same burst.


If anyone should know anything about Pvt. Marvin Lamb, or have photos, etc., please forward them to me, and I will pass them on to the family.


Private Marvin L. Lamb




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