Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Herbert J. Lloyd: The REAL Man From Hope

Retired Brigadier General Herbert J. Lloyd is a native of Hope, Arkansas. He joined the Army as a private and served as Rifleman, Machine Gun Squad Leader, and Rifle Platoon Sergeant.

As a Sergeant First Class, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant of Infantry in 1964.

He served two tours in Germany and saw service in Vietnam in 1962-63, 1966-68, and 1972.

He served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and G3 Training Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division.

He also served as an Advisor with the Vietnamese Rangers and the Vietnamese 6th Airborne Battalion.

He was Chief of Tower Committee and Chief of Operations in the Airborne Department at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Additionally, he has served as:

Tactical Officer, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Brigade Executive Officer, 8th Infantry Division, Germany
Commander, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA
Deputy Chief of Staff, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA
Commander, 2nd Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA
Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY
Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea

Lloyd & Love - Colonel Herbert J. Lloyd with his righthand warrior, Command Sergeant Major Ivanhoe Love

He is a graduate of the US Army War College, the Command & General Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Northern Warfare Mountain Climbing School and Jungle Warfare School. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Auburn University.

Here are just a few of his awards and decorations:

2 x Silver Stars
1 x Soldier's Medal
7 (not a typo - SEVEN) x Bronze Star Medals (with "V" device for Valor)
2 x Purple Hearts
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Master Parachutist Badge (with 3 Gold Stars for combat jumps)
Ranger Tab

Herbert J. Lloyd: American Samurai & Greatest Warrior of the 20th Century

He has so many awards and decorations that when he wore his Army Dress uniform, his Combat Infantryman's Badge very nearly rested on top of his left shoulder.

In 1986, while still on active duty, then-Colonel Herbert J. Lloyd was inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. OCS graduates will understand what an extraordinary honor that is -- especially considering who the other inductees are and that most are inducted long after they have left active duty.

Herbert J. Lloyd is one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met. Any soldier who has ever served with him can attest to the life-changing influence he has had on them.

In my humble opinion, he is the greatest warrior we've had in modern history.


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El Jefe Maximo said...

What a stud ! Good to know there are still guys like that, and I pray our country always comes up with them when we need them, as we have in the past.

dennis porche said...

having served with BG Lloyd during OCS in 1964, I knew at that point that he was going to be elevated to that rank in a short period. He had that leadership ability. Herb, I would follow you in combat to the ends of the earth.

Edis, Sarajevo said...

I've had the honor and privilege of working for BG Lloyd for several years during his stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His relentless efforts in bringing peace and stability to the suffering regions of the Balkans have earned him the respect of a nation torn by a brutal war. However, it was his kindness and unwaivering support for ordinary folk that earned him our love and admiration. At this pivotal time for America, I am hard pressed to think of a better ambassador for your great nation.

Anonymous said...

I worked for BG Lloyd toward the end of his career in the 2nd ID as his driver. The consumate soldier's officer, he was always more concerned about those in his unit than he was about himself. He was a true leader-from-the-front! The only disappointment I have is that I did not keep in touch with him. Erik Sulonen, USSS

MerryMadMonk said...

Erik - I can link you up. Contact me at

Nancy H. McGuire said...

Having served for a brief period of time with BG Lloyd (then COL), when he was Deputy Chief of Staff, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA, in my very humble opinion, he is one of the greatest Americans I have had the honor and privilege to meet. My most precious piece of military memorabilia is the hand-written draft of a letter of recommendation that COL Lloyd was most generous to provide me when I left the service. (Yes, I still think of him as colonel.) Sir, if you monitor this site, greetings from former SP4 Nancy Rose. God bless! [Salute]


BG Lloyd was my Tactical Officer when I was a cadet at West Point. He was the ultimate warrior and leader. I still remember BG Lloyd as if it were yesterday and while I only spent 6 years in the Infantry, I've carried what I learned from him into every job I've had since then. I'd like to get his email and catch up with him.

MerryMadMonk said...

Rick - I sent you an email.

Anonymous said...

I served with BG Lloyd in Korea in 1991-92. I will never forget the day he landed on the airstrip at Camp Stanton and spoke to our battalion. We were dressed in full battle gear with rifles. He told us of the deadly seriousness of our mission in the R.O.K. and said that, "the reason the Korean landscape is so green is because the hills are washed in American blood." He brought us into focus and gave us purpose as only a true leader can. We would have followed him through hell to choke Kim Il Sung by the time he was done speaking. An inspiration and a soldier's soldier. We as a Nation need more like him. I was barely 20 when I heard him speak those words, and I am 33 now. I have never forgotten them. May God bless General Lloyd.

tarces40 said...

I had the honor also of serving under GEN Lloyd. GEN Lyod was my BN Commander when I was part of A 3/11 MECH Infantry BN in Ft Polk. I also serve with the GENERAL when he was in Korea back in 1991-1992. I was able to visit his office in Camp Casey, and mentioned that He was my commander in Ft Polk and that he was my idol. I also told him that the reason I stayed in the Army was because of our conversation we had one day back in 1980... I went to his office in Ft Polk and mentioned that I had family problems and was planning on going AWOL. The next day I had a bus fare/plain ticket and departed to Puerto Rico. The General called my house in PR to check on me and to make sure I was coming back to Ft Polk. That's a SOLDIER. May GOD BLESS YOU SIR!
SSG Tom A. Rodriguez (Retired)
American by birth and BORICUA by the Grace of GOD!!

Ron Saxton said...

Like Dennis Porche, I too was in Infantry OCS/54th Co with Herb Lloyd and saw in 64 a great leader , American and soldier. We graduated Aug 25, 64 as new LT's. The Gulf of Tonkin had occured early that month. Jack had several SF tours (TDY) in SE Asia and I recall him "educating" us on Vietnam. The tacs used to call on him and he'd say, "Sir Candidate Lloyd" Where are you from candidate? "Sir, Hope Arkansas" Talk about extremes, Jack Lloyd and Bill Clinton both from little Hope, Arhansas.
I know several officers and NCO's who served with him over the years and had nothing but respect and admiration for this great American. I shook his hand at our OCS graduation and said, Herb, you are rhe finest American I've ever met. Glad so many saw that too.
Ron Saxton LTC, Ret, Marina, CA

MerryMadMonk said...

At 12/19/2005 6:08 PM, Rich Foehner said...

I was one of LTC (like SP4 McGuire, I'll always see him as LTC Lloyd, standing on a lightpole addressing his troops before a Battalion run)Lloyd's Squad Leaders (A Co., 2nd Plt, 3/11 Inf) and had the honor and privilege to follow him to the NTC; where we proceeded to beat the OPFOR hands down. We were the first unit to ever do that (this was 1981). As a treat after we got back, he somehow arranged to have the whole battalion, including families, take a 3-day weekend in Houston. He even laid on busses for all of us. I regret not keeping in touch. BG Lloyd, if you monitor this site:
(Former) SSG Richard C. Foehner

MerryMadMonk said...

Email from 1SG David Dibble:

I wanted to tell you "thank you" for your web site and page dedicated to BG Herbert Lloyd. I am now facing my retirement in the Army as a 1SG. I have carried my memories and lessons learned since my first assignment in 3/11th INF back in the early eighties. Then and now, BG (or LTC back then) Lloyd has been the single most influential man in my life. And if the measure of a Man is how you are remembered as a Man and a Soldier then he is "Above the Rest".

I was just a PFC in the Scout Platoon but I quickly realized that this guy is what great leadership is all about. He led by example, cared for troops and I constantly used his lessons of Honor, Courage and Loyalty to serve as my guide post during my years of service. I remember once when I was put on Post Flag Detail at Ft. Polk and LTC Lloyd came down to watch us take down the flag in the evening. He came down because he believed in us and he was proud of us, he loved his Country and our Nations Flag. Such a simple thing as watching us on a detail struck me.... This Man is real and he cares about what he does. He was a man of action not talk, and a true American Hero.

My career now over I look at all the awards and coins I received -- the ones that stand out the most are the awards I received while serving under this great Soldier. And my AAM I received while at NTC for whipping the OPFOR is one of my most important awards (and it is only an AAM). My other great treasure is my BN Coin from 3/11th. I carry that darn thing everywhere. I have been given coins all the way up to the Chief of Staff of the Army but my BN coin is the one I choose to carry because it has come to symbolize the values that I believe in, and values that make the Army Great.

I am now in the Transportation Branch. I left the Active Army to get my collage degree back many years ago. But I ended up missing the Army. Something about the camaraderie and service to country was missing. So I joined the Reserves. I have been deployed twice and I like to think that my service would make BG Lloyd proud. My Company served with Honor and distinction in Iraq. With an ER rating of 99%, and most of all we brought everyone home. Oh, and we killed a lot of bad guys too! Not bad for a truck company! I remember LTC Lloyd leading the way and I tried to emulate this by going on over 60 convoys and I always manned the .50 cal! I have tried to inspire my NCOs with the same values that LTC Lloyd instilled in me. And if I have even done ten percent the job he did then I will have done my job.

Thanks for your web site and thanks for the memories. I stumbled on it by accident and it made my day. I don't know where he is now but I hope he is doing well And if I ever see the Great Warrior known as BG Lloyd again I will salute with pride and say.... "ABOVE THE REST SIR!".

1SG David Dibble
369th Transportation Company (PLS)

MerryMadMonk said...

From: William Thore

"Having served with BG Lloyd (LTC), when he Commander of 3/11th BN, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA, in my very humble opinion, he is one of the greatest Americans I have had the honor and privilege to meet. My most precious piece of military memorabilia is a Re-Enlistment Photo that I received on Aus 20th 1980. (Yes, I still think of him as colonel.) Sir, if you monitor this site, greetings from former SSG William B Thore. God bless! ABOVE THE REST SIR !!!!!!! CSC Co 3/11th INF"

MerryMadMonk said...

Email from Francisco Javier Gonzalez:

"BG Lloyd was my Tactical Officer when I was a cadet at West Point along with Rick Jordan and others at B-2 Company. He was a leader who knew how to inspire, and inspire he did, through my military career and in the Department of State. I would like to get his e-mail, if possible, to catch up with him and thank him for his service. Regards, Francisco Javier Gonzalez, USMA '79"

MerryMadMonk said...

Email from Sameiullah Ahmady:

All I want to say for this honorable real man is a short sentence.

If we are made to fall into hardship it is because to be a source of ease to others; and I am sure he proved it.

SAMEIULLAH AHMADY from Afghanistan