Hervey Aldrich Tribolet

Commanding Officer 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

February 18, 1942 - June 10, 1944

 

 

Hervey A. Tribolet was born in Bassein, Burma on July 18, 1893.

His father Emile Tribolet had emigrated to the United States from the Alsace region of France
on March 10, 1881 and became a naturalized American citizen on April 26, 1888 at Metamora, Illinois.
Emile Tribolet was a minister and missionary for the American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society and
spent at least thirty years in Burma on missionary work. It was during his father's early missionary years
in Burma that Hervey A. Tribolet was born.

Hervey A. Tribolet entered Denison University in Ohio in September 1911 at the age of eighteen and graduated
in 1915 with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy.

While at Denison University Tribolet was a varsity athlete on the Track Team.
He was captain of the 1 Mile Interclass Relay Team.

 

The entry for Hervey A. Tribolet during his senior year at Denison University.
(In subsequent years his first name was always given and he always signed it Hervey.)

From The Adytum yearbook of Dension University Volume Twenty-two 1915
From Coleen Goodhart via Paul Harris

 

 

At Denison University Tribolet was a member of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

 

Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Denison University 1915.
Hervey A. Tribolet is in the bottom row, third from the left.

From The Adytum yearbook of Dension University Volume Twenty-two 1915
From Coleen Goodhart via Paul Harris

 

 

The Illinois Club at Denison University 1915. (Part of the Alumni organization of the university.)
Hervey A. Tribolet is in the middle row first on the left.

From The Adytum yearbook of Dension University Volume Twenty-two 1915
From Coleen Goodhart via Paul Harris

 

 

On June 15, 1917 Tribolet registered for the draft which had been instituted for World War I.
On his registration form he gave his place of birth as Town: Bassein, State: Burma, Country: India.
(This country of birth as India would be duplicated in all his subsequent entries in the U.S. Army Registers.)
Also on the form he gave his address as Chicago, Illinois and his occupation as Investigator of Claims for
the Travelers Insurance Company located in Chicago. He indicated that he had prior military service of
2 years as 1st Lieutenant Infantry Branch at the Vermont Academy (which was the college preparatory school
in Saxtons River, Vermont which he attended before enrolling in Denison University.) His registration also
noted that he was tall, slender, had gray eyes and brown hair.

 

Tribolet was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corps on August 15, 1917 and entered active duty
on that date. This position was vacated on May 23, 1918. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 57th Infantry of
the Regular Army on May 1, 1918. He was given the temporary rank of 1st Lieutenant on September 13, 1918, a position
he vacated on September 26, 1919. On that date he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army.

Tribolet was honorably discharged from the Officers' Reserve Corps on May 24, 1920.

He was promoted to Captain in the Regular Army on July 1, 1920.

Tribloet was stationed with the 5th Infantry at Fort Williams, Maine in 1922 when he was detailed
to become a professor of military science and tactics at Bangor High School in Bangor, Maine.

In 1931 he graduated from the Infantry School Advanced Officer Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

On August 1, 1935 he was promoted to Major. He received a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel on August 18, 1940.
He was given the temporary rank of Colonel in the Army of the United States (AUS) on December 24, 1941.

In February of 1942 Tribolet assumed command of the 22nd Infantry, and led the Regiment during extensive training at
Camp Gordon, Fort Dix and Camp Gordon Johnston. He sailed with the 22nd Infantry to England, where he guided his
Soldiers through even more intense training, in preparation for the invasion.

Tribolet led the Regiment ashore on Utah Beach, on D-Day June 6, 1944. On June 11, 1944,
Colonel Robert Foster assumed command of the Regiment. The speculation is that General Barton,
Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, relieved Tribolet due to the Regiment not taking its planned objectives,
according to the operational planning timescale.

Several accounts state Foster as taking command on June 26. However, the 22nd Infantry Daily Action Journals
for the month of June 1944 show Tribolet in command of the 22nd on June 10, and Foster in command on June 11.

Tribolet was well liked by his Soldiers. He commanded the Regiment through two and a half years of training, making sure
the 22nd Infantry was well prepared to land and fight in France. If the speculation is correct that Tribolet was relieved
for failure to make his objectives in the days following the beach landings, the fault should have been placed
on the fact that the 22nd Infantry met extremely fierce and determined resistance by the German military.
Casualties were very high in the 22nd Infantry during this time, and indeed, throughout the rest of the 4th Division as well.

The following passage from Bill Boice's
History of the 22nd Infantry in WW2 illustrates the situation:

On June 10th, Colonel Hervey A. Tribolet was relieved of his command
of the regiment. Division and Corps were dis-satisfied with the progress the
Twenty-Second was making. Slowed by the beach fortifications, Azeville,
Ozeville, Crisbecq and the Chateau all posed foridable barriers. The men of
the Twenty-Second naturally felt they were doing their utmost. It was with
genuine regret the men of the regiment learned that Colonel Tribolet had been
relieved. "Trib" had trained them; he knew many of their families, and he was
both loved and respected by the officers and men.

Their regard for him and their confidence in his ability and leadership remained.

 

After leaving the 22nd Infantry Tribolet was assigned to 12th Army Group Observation Group
as a Combat Observer. A report was found by Dr. Paul Harris of Auburn University written by
Colonel Hervey A. Tribolet to the Commanding General of 12th Army Group and dated October 2, 1944
in which Tribolet outlined difficulties in the replacement system for the 79th Division. By the end of the war
12th Army Group controlled four American Armies in the European Theater of Operations.

 

On October 31, 1946, Tribolet retired from the Regular Army with the rank of Colonel.
He received a disability in the line of duty.

Among his awards is the Silver Star Medal.

 

In 1924 Hervey A. Tribolet married Mary Eloise Webb from Bangor, Maine. They had one son,
Robert, who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel.

 

 

April 21, 1944 - Devon, England - Inspection of 22nd Infantry troops by General Sir Bernard Montgomery
Left to right: Colonel Hervey Tribolet, Commander 22nd Infantry, MG Raymond Barton, Commanding General 4th Infantry Division,
General Montgomery, BG Henry A. Barber, Assistant Commanding General 4th Infantry Division, Major Earl Edwards, Commander
2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry.

Photo courtesy of John and Gladys King

 

 

 

 

     

Colonel Hervey Tribolet,

Commanding Officer 22nd Infantry.

This photo was taken in the marshalling area
in England, just before loading on the ships
which were to make the assault on D-Day.

Photo from the 1946 Regimental yearbook

 

 

Tribolet's signature on his WWI draft registration form.

 

 

 

 

Hervey Tribolet is buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Section 3 Grave 2420-LH

 

Grave marker for Hervey Tribolet

 

Photo from the Arlington National Cemetery website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top photo of Hervey A. Tribolet as a Captain and student of the Infantry School Advanced Course in 1931, from:

The Doughboy 1931 Published by the Classes of 1931, The Infantry School,
U.S. Army, Fort Benning, GA 1931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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