Sgt. Edward Lyle Kolb
Lyle Kolb was the son of William J. Kolb and Lily
Minnie Gertrude Whiting-Kolb. He was born on
February 5, 1920, in Maywood, Illinois. With his
two brothers and two sisters, he lived at 510
South 7th Avenue in Maywood. He was called
"Lyle" by his family. After high school, he
lived at 5716 West Lake Street in Chicago.
Lyle attended Emerson Grade School and Proviso Township High School. Before joining the Illinois National Guard, he went to Florida to work with his brothers, as a truck driver, in the citrus business.
After returning to Illinois, Lyle joined the Illinois National Guard's 33rd Tank Company in Maywood. Like so many young men at the time, he knew that he would soon be drafted into the army and wanted to fulfill his military obligation. He was called to federal service in November of 1940, when his company was federalized. He trained first at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and then took part in the maneuvers of 1941 in Louisiana.
After the maneuvers the members of the battalion remained behind at Camp Polk. None of them had any idea why they had not returned to Ft. Knox. The battalion members learned that they were being sent overseas. Those 29 years old or older were given the chance to resign from federal service.
At Camp Polk, Louisiana, he with his fellow tankers learned that instead of being released from federal service they were being sent overseas. He received a leave home to say goodbye and then returned to Camp Polk.
After the companies were brought up to strength
with replacements for the men released from
federal service, the battalion was equipped with
new tanks and half-tracks. The battalion
traveled over three different railroad routes to
Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.
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