Guess Their Story: Jim

  • June 26, 2019

We know that every one of our Five Star residents has an incredible story to tell. We created our Guess Their Story series as a reason to share some of them.
 
Here's how it works: We give you the chance to guess which unexpected fact we've listed below is true about the resident pictured based on their photo and your gut instinct. We think you just might be surprised by the correct answer! Ready to guess?
 
Meet Jim, he's a resident of Five Star's Morningside of Godfrey in Godfrey, IL: Jim.
 
Which of the following is true of Jim?
  1. He was on the first boat to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day.
  2. He was a farmer on the largest farm in Plainview, Illinois.
  3. He was the first poet laureate of the state of Illinois.


Ready to guess? Scroll down to see the answer!
 




Did you guess A? If so, you guessed it! Jim is a true American hero and has the Purple Heart to prove it.
 
Originally from a farming family in Plainview, Illinois, Jim Lambeth has lived at Morningside of Godfrey in Godfrey, IL since September of 2015, and he arrived with an incredible story.
 
Jim was drafted into the Army during World War II at age 19. One year later, he was sent overseas with the 37th Engineer Battalion. He had never seen combat before and still remembers the moment when they arrived at Omaha Beach and the ramp was being lowered. They started hearing bullets flying in, and Jim jumped out as far as he could. Eighty percent of his unit was killed that day, and Jim was injured on the beach. He was rescued by another unit.
 
After three months recovering in the hospital, he was ready to be discharged and was given the option of going home. He still had shrapnel that the doctors were unable to remove from his body and some injuries that would never be healed such as nerve damage to his arm. But Jim was eager to get back to those who remained in his unit, and he chose to return to combat. He went on to fight at the Battle of the Bulge.
 
Jim received a Purple Heart for the wounds he sustained in battle, and the bravery and heroism of his choice to return to battle after being wounded at Normandy is just one of the many things that impress those who are lucky enough to hear his amazing story.
 
After the war, Jim happily returned to his farming life along the Big Piney River. Although his injuries affected his farming ability, he has many pleasant memories, including time spent hunting — a favorite activity. "It was essential to survive because that’s where our food came from."
 
These days he jokes that his favorite thing is still food-related: supper! "The food here is really good!" he said, chuckling and adding that his other favorite activity is sitting on the Morningside porch when the weather is nice.
 
It's no question that Jim has seen a lot in his life, and with his experiences comes wisdom. We asked Jim what his favorite piece of advice to pass on to others was. After some thought, he said,
 
“Live your life to the fullest because it doesn't last as long sometimes as we want it to." — Jim
 
Jim says that he enjoys living at Morningside of Godfrey. "We have a great community here and I've made some really good friends." 
 
Surviving Normandy is something that very few people still alive can claim. We thank Jim for his service to our country, and we're proud that he calls Five Star home.
 
We hope you're enjoying getting to know some of our residents in this series. Stay tuned for our next Guess Their Story profile. We look forward to sharing more incredible stories with you!

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