Billy Herbert Gibbs

As Researched by Stephen D. Bowling

While millions around the world recovered from the festivities of the Christmas Holiday in 1953, Billy Herbert Gibbs joins a tragic list of men who were claimed by the hostilities on the Korean Peninsula.

Gibbs was born on June 6, 1932, to Kelson and Lillie Jane (Dalton) Gibbs in Wolfe County, Kentucky. He and his mother were living at Elkatawa in Breathitt County when he enlisted in the United States Army.

Billy Herbert Gibbs

Married- Never

Military Service
160th Infantry 
Date of Enlistment- July 26, 1950 at Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky
Service Number- RA-15298380 
Highest Rank- Private First Class 
The Jackson Times, August 17, 1950, page 1.
The Jackson Times, August 21, 1952, page 8.
Billy H. Gibbs Military Photo

Died- December 26, 1952, in North Korea

Billy Gibbs’ death announcement from The Louisville Courier-Journal on Thursday, January 15, 1953, page 2.


Wolfe Youth Dies In Action In Korean War

Pfc. Herbert Gibbs, a native of Wolfe County was killed in action on the Korean front, December 26, 1952, according to word received here Friday, January 2, by his mother, Mrs. Lillie Dalton Gibbs. Herbert was 20 years old at the time of his death. He had been wounded twice and had returned to active duty on the front, where he was killed. Besides his mother, he is survived by three brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Gibbs was visiting her brother, William Dalton and family of Landsaw where the telegraph was brought to her announcing the death of her son, Herbert. She was returned to her home with shock. The many friends of the deceased will be grieved to hear of his untimely death.

The Wolfe County News, January 1953
Private Gibbs’ body was returned in February 1953 according to The Louisville Courier-Journal on February 25, 1953, page 19.

Buried- in February 1953 in the Murphy Cemetery, Wolfe County, Kentucky

Billy Herbert Gibb’s Military Tombstone Application

© 2022 Stephen D. Bowling

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Director of the Breathitt County Public Library and Heritage Center in Jackson, Kentucky.
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