Herndon Inge was born March 4, 1920, and was in the same high school class as Edward Sledge, the older brother of Eugene Sledge. Inge attended the University of Alabama and then the Army's officer candidate school. He received his commission January 7, 1944 and became a 2nd Lieutenant in company D, 301st Regiment, 94th Infantry Division, in a heavy weapons unit. In September of 1944, he arrived in France. In the fall, his division worked to contain 60,000 German troops along the French coast at St. Lazaire and Lorient but when the USS Leopoldville was sunk on Christmas Eve of l944 and hundreds of GIs were lost, Inge's division was sent into the Battle of the Bulge near the Moselle River. At Orscholz they broke through the German lines, but then enemy troops came in behind them and Inge was captured on January 21st l945.
After a succession of POW camps, he ended up in Oflag XIIIB near Hammelburg, where he met and befriended a fellow Mobilian POW, Tom Galloway. In March, l945, a task force sent by General Patton arrived to liberate the camp (which was 60 miles behind the lines), but the operation was a failure, and Inge was not finally liberated until April 21st.
He returned to Mobile after the war, married, had three sons, went to law school, and became a judge. He and Tom Galloway have remained life long friends.