Sanders, Herbert B. (807th)

Herbert-B-Sanders-1Herbert B. Sanders

Biography:  Herbert Bain “Hub” Sanders was born on April 15, 1907, in Stratford, Alleghany County, North Carolina.  He was the son of Robert Edward and Carrie Alice Hines Sanders.   He attended local schools and then worked as a baseball player, miner and cowboy.  He was known for playing fiddle for a number of bands.  Most notable were the North Carolina Ridge Runners who had a radio show on WDEL in Wilmington, Delaware.

Service Time:  Hub entered the service on December 22, 1942, at Camp Croft, South Carolina.  He was assigned to the Reconnaissance Company of the 807th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  On July 24, 1943, he married the former Verna Deane Hyder who was born in Cumberland County, Tennessee, and was the daughter of Abraham Lincoln Hyder and Minerva Belle Fields.

The 807th landed at Utah Beach in September of 1944 and saw action at Saarlautern during November and December and then in the Norwind offensive in early 1945.  Their focus shifted toward the Rhine River and its remaining bridges in March and April.  They reached Salzburg, Austria in early May.  Hub left the service at the rank of Private.

When Hub returned to the U.S., he and Verna made their home in Newark, Delaware, and Hub went to work in a factory. The couple had one daughter, Judy, born in 1947.  Besides his love of music, Hub enjoyed building things, gardening and reading.  He was also a member of the VFW.

Hub passed away on June 26, 1998, and was buried in the Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.




You can see Herbert “Lefty” Sanders when he was with the North Carolina Ridge Runners.