Good Citizenship Medal Awarded to WWII 2nd Armored Division Officer

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory recently honored WWII veteran Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., with the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate, as well as the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for his military service to our nation.

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory with Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., Wearing His Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory with Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., Wearing His Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Maj. Segler served our country with distinction in the Second World War. He enlisted in the National Guard in Florida in 1937, then transferred to the Regular Army in November 1940. Though a Private in his early days, he was nominated for Officers Candidate School and commissioned as a 2Lt in July 1942. He was assigned as a tank platoon leader at Camp Campbell. He married a “local girl” from Christian County, Frances Farmer, on April 3, 1943, then shipped out four days later to the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Lt. Segler fought across North Africa. He was in the invasion of Sicily, and after the fall of Palermo, his unit was transported to England. His unit, the 2nd Armored (Hell on Wheels), was the first armor on Omaha Beach. His unit fought through the French village of St. Lo and by July 26 had survived several encounters with German SS units in France.

His unit crossed the Seine River and entered into Belgium on September 15, 1944, then moved quickly through the Siegfried Line, crossing the Roer River into Aachen, Germany, and making it all the way to the Rhine River on December 16. When the Germans pushed through at Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge), the 2nd Armored was ordered to relieve the American forces surrounded there. Lt. Segler fought in that battle until Jan. 16, 1945.

The 2nd Armored later moved to the outskirts of Berlin where it took many German prisoners fleeing from the Russians. After the end of hostilities, he was stationed at Berlin until October 1, 1945, when he was pulled out to return home.

Upon returning home he served in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He retired from the Guard as a Major on his 65th birthday … after 44 years of combine active and reserve service.

We were honored to share the afternoon with Major Segler, and we are humbled by his selfless service to our nation.


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