A TROOP, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
From Greybull, Wyoming
20 June 1947 - 09 June 1967
"When Pfc. Gibson's aircraft became the target of intense enemy ground fire, he immediatly returned the fire, courageously defending his aircraft with his door-mounted machine gun. After he succeeded in silencing the Viet Cong weapon that was also placing fire on friendly ground elements, Pfc. Gibson's aircraft again came under intense hositle fire from another well positioned enemy weapon. He immediately engaged the enemy with devastating fire and, during the furious duel that ensued between himself and the enemy gunner, Pfc. Gibson was mortally wounded.
"The lives of his fellow crew-members rested in a large part on his final heroic moments. Pfc. Gibson's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army." --Margaret Simpson, Casper Star-Tribune, 3/21/1968
Pfc. Gibson, my uncle, was posthumously awarded five medals received by my grandparents, William and Eula Gibson. The medals are: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart from the U.S. Army and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Vietnamese Merit Medal.
From his niece,
Teresa A. (Gibson-Hegge) Dodd
The database page for Harold Lee Gibson
Memorial first published on 15 Jun 2006
Last updated 06/21/2006