As I continue to dig through the boxes of Voge/Lamp stuff I ran across an envelope and hit a jackpot of Herman Lamp's military treasures...
There were 2 items I have not run into before with other collections so it is always exciting to find different Manning connected history.
One item was a pin that I tried to find information about on the Internet but so far found nothing. I'm assuming it is referencing American Legion membership reaching 500,000 in 1940...but right now this is conjecture.
The other new item was an official welcome home pin for the WWI Veterans.
Herman and his wife, Amanda (Koester) Lamp never had any children so they really have no one close to carry on their legacy, so besides being an honor I feel it is my duty in my capacity of preserving Manning's history for 4 decades to make sure their memories are not completely lost forever.
All too often when I go through old family collections, I'll find a bunch of military pins and medals and unfortunately the family members won't know the background, who they belonged to or which one of several Veterans in their family...as one generation inherits from the previous generation, if things aren't thrown away, more stuff gets tossed into the same box - all mixed together with no idea about any of the items.
I'm not sure what these pins represent
I believe this is Herman's WWI utility belt buckle
American Legion 1st half million
Red Cross pin
Herman served with the 88th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Brigade unit, 349th Infantry Regiment
As best I can tell, Herman served with his brother, Gerhardt, throughout the war.
Red Cross pin
Aluminum plaque - front & back
Herman's pay booklet
USS Rijndam - ship that brought the Lamp brothers home after WWI
Farmers Educational & Cooperative Union of America - pin
Herman had 2 of these pins.
If you have military pictures, medals, pins, ribbons, documents, papers, memorabilia for a Manning Veteran - please come forward now.
If you don't then you or your relative won't be featured in the Manning Veterans two-volume history book that will feature over 1000 Manning connected Veterans - a one-of-a-kind community military history book.