Bob Lampe, Battle of the Bulge veteran, still fighting

I got this email a couple weeks ago from Helen Albers after she saw my blog post of Memorial Day ceremony photos.

Special thanks for including photos of our friend, Bob Lampe, a soldier who went through hell in WW ll. How many times Lampe told me about the horrors of the Battle of the Bulge. He is in very poor health nowadays, as you know, so it was endearing to see the proud old soldier, one who surely deserves our honor and gratitude.

Bob Lampe and Pete Grossman, Memorial Day 2011 Bob Lampe and Pete Grossman, Memorial Day 2011 Pete Grossman and Bob Lampe, Memorial Day 2011 Pete Grossman and Bob Lampe, Memorial Day 2011 
I confirmed with Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 4393 Commander Bill Murphy that it was Pete Grossman with Bob Lampe in the series of photos.  I also spoke with Bob’s son Robbie Lampe and his wife Lynne Lampe who are staying with Bob at his house here in Northfield.

Bob Lampe has practiced law in Northfield since 1951. See the Lampe Law Group’s history page, as well as the Hvistendahl, Moersch, Dorsey & Hahn history page for more.

See also the Wikipedia entry on the Battle of the Bulge: "For the Americans, with about 500,000 to 840,000 men committed and some 70,000 to 89,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle that they fought in World War II."

I’m trying to find a copy of an article about Bob’s WW II experiences that appeared in a regional publication a couple of years ago.   I’ll post it here when I find it.


  1. Griff – Thank you for honoring our venerable senior partner (retired), Bob Lampe. He did love to regale us with war stories, and stories of all kinds. Horrific as his war experience was, his spirit was (and is) always positive, generous and loving. He enjoyed nothing more than encountering a toddler wandering the halls of our law office and inviting her to score candy from the candy drawer in his desk! He gave so much to his clients and this community and was a terrific role model. We miss him and love him. Maren Swanson, Lampe Law Group

    June 21, 2011
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    You’re welcome, Maren. Thanks for sharing that.

    I’ve got a name and a phone number of the author of the article about Bob’s WW II experiences and will keep pursuing it.

    June 28, 2011

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