Post 518 Veteran of the Month – Private Herbert Humphrey

Mankato Times

NORTH MANKATO, MINN. — The North Mankato American Legion Post 518 will conduct a Flag ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the west end of Wheeler Park, North Mankato in honor of Private Herbert Humphrey.  The Flag will fly in his honor from May 2, 2015 to June 6, 2015. Post 518 will retire the colors for Tech Sgt. Lloyd Danberry on that same day.

They will honor Army Private Herbert Humphrey by raising colors in his honor for the month as our new Veteran of the Month honoree. (See ceremony details below).

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Herbert Humphrey was born on April 15, 1899 in Dodge Center, Minnesota to Theodore and Lydia Humphrey. He attended school in Dodge Center. Herbert was married to Lucille Oglesby on July 30, 1932 in St Peter, Minnesota. They made their home in Mankato, Minnesota. He worked for the Mankato Citizens Telephone Company for 30 years as a lineman. He was a member of Strand VFW Post 950.

Herbert began service to his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army on July 15, 1917. He served in the Quartermaster Corp and was deployed to Germany, serving for 2 years with Company H, Heavy Artillery. Pvt. Herbert Humphrey was discharged on June 8, 1919 at Duty Stations Company H.

Private Herbert Humphrey passed away on December 30, 1981 at the age of 82. At the time of his death, he was survived by his: Wife-Lucille Humphrey; Children – Norma Mae Bublitz, Joan Carol Pahl and David Humphrey; Grandchildren – Steven, John, Michael, Ralph, Jim, Mary, Paula, Julie, David and Lester Bublitz; Larry, Brad, Randy, Scott, Constance Hollerich; Leonard Kroll; Kathy, Denise, Karen and Jenifer Humphrey; Numerous Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Charles, and a sister Amy.

Pvt. Herbert Humphrey is buried in Woodland Hills Cemetery in Mankato, Minnesota.

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At 1000 hours on the first Saturday of every month, members of the North Mankato American Legion Post 518 gather to pay a month long tribute to a deceased Veteran. The brief, but moving ceremony takes place at the west end of Wheeler Park in North Mankato, MN.

At the request of the family, a veteran’s coffin flag is raised & flown for one month. A short tribute of the veteran is read and then placed in a display stand in front of the flagpole.

At the next month’s ceremony, the flag is lowered, folded and presented back to the family. The new honoree’s coffin flag will then be received from the new family, unfolded and raised for the next month.

Families of deceased, honorably discharged veterans or POW/MIA’s who desire these honors should call Mark Conrad (507-380-8405) or Post 518 (507-625-1264)

The Veteran does not need to have been a member of any service club or to have lived in our area – Only the requirements listed above. 

(NOTE: The coffin flag is removed after the ceremony and replaced by an all weather flag, to ensure that no damage is done to the coffin flag. The coffin flag is raised prior to the next ceremony. If the family does not want to use the coffin flag, we will have a flag available to present for the ceremony.)

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