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In Remembrance
Colonel William Edward Lobit

Colonel William Edward LobitPrivate funeral services were held at Galveston Memorial Park for Colonel William Edward Lobit on Friday May 4, 2007, he was the son of the late Paul and Essie Mae McCorkle Lobit, a well known Galveston family.

Colonel Lobit was a World War Two Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with arrowhead and three bronze service stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Army Occupation Medal, Distinguished Service Star, Philippine Independence Ribbon Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, and the 1st. Oak Leaf Cluster to Bronze Star Medal.

Colonel Lobit was inducted to the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame and the following was written:


William E. Lobit came to New Mexico Military Institute from Dickinson, Texas, in the fall of 1926. He completed the high school division in 1928 and the junior college division in 1930 and was commissioned in the Calvary, United States Army. The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Lobit for extraordinary heroism in action at Momote Airstrip, Los Negros Island, Admiralty Group on 4 March 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Lobit displayed gallantry and heroism by exposing himself to heavy enemy mortar, machine gun, grenade, and rifle fire in order to reorganize his defensive position which had been under heavy attack all night by superior enemy forces. He personally moved to critical portions of the line where the enemy had broken through. His aggression, leadership and bravery succeeded in reorganizing the position and ultimately expelled the enemy with a vigorous counterattack. In a 13 April 1944 letter to New Mexico Military Institute Superintendent Colonel D. C. Pearson, Major General Innis P. Swift, the Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division, wrote, “…the outstanding leader in this operation in the entire division, was Lieutenant Colonel William E. Lobit who led the 2d Squadron of the 5th Cavalry in the initial landing and assault with superb courage, and who thereafter held his beachhead against overwhelming forces… The 1st Cavalry Division is indebted to New Mexico Military Institute” In a subsequent letter dated 29 June 1944, General Swift stated, “…as a further mark of distinction, Colonel Lobit’s squadron has been cited in official orders for the efficient and soldierly manner in which it accomplished the combat task assigned…While congratulating myself for having such outstanding soldiers in my command, I wish to congratulate you and the fine institution you represent, for turning out so splendid a soldier as Colonel Lobit.”

Inducted 23 October 1992
/s/ James A. Solomon
NMMI Alumni Association

He is survived by his wife, Bettie O. Lobit and numerous nieces and nephews.

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