November 2, 1923 (Brooklyn, NY) – October 24, 2002 (Skaneateles, NY); 78 years old
Married to Doris Jorgensen Gibb (1932-2007).
One son, David Francis Gibb III (1958-).
Local address: 36 High Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on December 8, 1943 in New Haven, CT
Serial number 6430223
USS Wayne (APA-54) and USS Macon (CA-132)

Born to David Francis Gibb Sr. (1893-1968 ) and Mabel Townsend Middlebrook (1900-1997). One half sister, Nancy Gibb Essington (1936-).

Norwalk High School Class of ’42 yearbook.

Norwalk High School 1942 hockey team. Front row, 3rd from right. Back row, right, Ernest Nevidjon was the Class President and was killed in action in WWII. Back row, middle, William Holmes, was also killed in action in WWII and is still MIA.

From The Norwalk Hour January 8, 1945


At a special ceremony held aboard ship in the Pacific recently, Coxswain David F. Gibb Jr., son of Mrs. Howard B. Smith of 36 High Street, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action against the Japanese during the attack on Peleliu Island, Palau Islands, last September. Gibb was wounded while serving as a member of a naval beach party which landed early in the attack on Peleliu, with the assault troops of the First Marine Division. He is also credited with participating in three other major campaigns: the landings on Roi and Namur Isalands in the Kwajalein Atoll; on Guam Island in the Marianas; and on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Coxswain Gibb has been in the service for about two years.

Unknown burial information. Arrangements were handled by Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles, NY.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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