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John E. Gibbons

John E. Gibbons

     I am a war orphan. My father, John E. Gibbons, was a member of the 372nd Survey Unit, 99th Division. He was killed April 16, 1945, in the Ruhr Pocket area.

     I was born April 23, 1945, and did not have the fine honor of knowing him. His family called him "Jack."

     The subject of his death was always too painful for my mother or my father's family to talk about. I respected their privacy.

     I now would like to know about him posthumously. He was an ASTP'er and was stationed at Camp Maxey TX, in 1944 before being shipped to England, then France. He was at Elsenborn, Krinkelt, Remagen, and then the Ruhr Pocket, where he died.

     Another 99'er, Earl Lindstrom shared the above information with me by telephone. He visits my father's grave in Cleveland OH, and was most generous in sharing the information he had about my father.

     If there are any other members who knew my dad I would be most grateful if you would contact me by e-mail or phone.

     You all are a link to my father. I would so like to know about him in every way I can. It has taken me 56 years to gain the courage to truly understand the sacrifice he made so I might live freely and with honor.

     I have always felt a great imperative to conduct my life in such a way as to bring honor to him. My son, his grandson, is a Ph.D. scientist and creates new technologies for the petrochemical industry. I think he would be proud of him, as we are of my father.

     I thank each of you for your sacrifices and hope you all are enjoying full and happy lives as free men as a result of your heroic and exemplary contributions.

     Your nation and my family and I are truly grateful. Thank you for responding with any information about my father.

April Jane Gibbons Loescher


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