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.
Military Service 160th Infantry Date of Enlistment- July 26, 1950 at Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky Service Number- RA-15298380 Highest Rank- Private First Class
Died- December 26, 1952, in North Korea
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
Buried- in February 1953 in the Murphy Cemetery, Wolfe County, Kentucky
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