A Hero is Gone

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a heroic soldier and honored Compatriot of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  Herbert Segler, 96, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, passed away overnight following a prolonged period of illness.

Herb Segler Crop

Herb 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 Second Lieutenant in July 1942. He was assigned as a tank platoon leader at “Camp Campbell” (now Ft. Campbell, KY). 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 Division (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 in 1974 … after 44 years of combine active and reserve service.

After his retirement he worked for many years with the Internal Revenue Service and owned his own accounting business.

Herb Segler was a descendant of John Payne, Sr., of Virginia who rendered Patriotic Service during the Revolutionary War.  He was administered the oath of membership on the SAR on December 13, 2014.  During his short time in the SAR he was awarded the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal (2014) and the War Service Medal with World War II Device (2014).

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

His arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Hughart, Beard, & Giles Funeral Homes in Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.

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