Joe Ben Lamb – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:


Joe Ben Lamb, 81, a retired Army Colonel and heavily decorated veteran of three wars who worked on Navy acquisition projects with Northrop Aircraft in Arlington from 1977 to 1987, died July 19, 2003, at Inova Alexandria Hospital after surgery for colon cancer.

Colonel Lamb entered the Army in 1942. He was a staff officer with General George S. Patton Jr.’s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II. During the Korean War, he was a rifle company and battalion commander in the 25th Infantry Division. During the Vietnam War, he served as an adviser to South Vietnamese airborne units.

He also served with Army research and combat development projects. After retiring from active duty in 1973, he worked for Rockwell International in Ohio before settling in Alexandria, where he had lived since 1977.

His military decorations included the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with one star, the Senior Parachutist Badge, three awards of both the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” for valor and an Air Medal.

Colonel Lamb, a Tennessee native, was a graduate of the University of Omaha and received a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University. He also was a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria and Army Navy Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joy, of Alexandria; three children, Joe Jr., of Richmond, Steven G., of Middleburg, and Patricia Bamford of Alexandria; a sister; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/15/1948 – 07/31/1973
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/15/1922
  • DATE OF DEATH: 07/19/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 09/02/2003




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