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Postal Inspector Elbert Perry Lamberth | United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

Postal Inspector

Elbert Perry Lamberth

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Tennessee

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Inspector Elbert Lamberth was shot and killed in Stantonville, Tennessee, while investigating a dispute between the rural postal carrier and the postmaster.

Inspector Lambert was shot in the courtyard of the Elam Hotel while speaking with the rural carrier.

Inspector Lamberth had served with the Postal Inspection Service for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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After being shot multiple times, Postal Inspector Lamberth was carried to a nearby home. He was told his wounds were fatal. He asked to have his family summoned to his side, saying he had forgotten to kiss "my babies" before leaving home several days earlier. Although his family wasn't far away by modern standards, they had to travel the rural TN roads by carriage at night. By the time his wife and two babies arrived, Inspector Lamberth had died.
Thank you for your dedication and the horrible sacrifice you had to pay to protect postal employees and the U.S. Mail. Your baby girl, Sarah, lived to be 98 and had a full life. You would have been proud.

Ron J. Pry, U.S. Postal Inspector
U. S. Postal Inspection Service
May 18, 2016


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