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John Gilbert "Gib" Mayo
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1915
Chester County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1999
Madison County
Tennessee, USA

John Gilbert Mayo.

Folks called him Gib. He was born to Albert and Georgia Mayo in Chester County.

He later moved to Jackson TN.

He served his country in the North African Theatre then eventually traveled into Germany and fought in the Battle of The Bulge. In WW2 and earned the nickname of "Foxhole". He earned this nickname by digging a foxhole every time his unit stopped for any reason whatsoever. They soon stopped making fun of him when they got shelled one day.

He told me that he served 569 days in WW2 and that he was scared to death and just wanted to get out alive. I once asked him how many Germans he shot and he said every one I saw.

He also told me a story about his struggle to adjust after coming home. He said he was nervous, jumpy and had nightmares. He said he slept with his shotgun every night. One night, he heard something banging on the door, he jumped out of bed, ran up and shot through the door. He opened the door to discover that he had shot his best Mule.

Two other brothers served and fought in WW2 as well. JR and Loyd. Loyd did not make it home and was KIA.

He was also an accomplished musician. Although he played several instruments, his instrument of choice was his 1951 Gibson Mandolin that was passed down to me.

He lived in Gleason, TN for most of his adult life after the war and spent some time with his brothers in Michigan but he spent the last years of his life staying with my parents and it was great. I got to know him better and talk with him quite a bit.

He was a character and is missed.

-David Mayo 
Family links: 
  William Albert Mayo (1890 - 1943)
  Georgie Thomas Crow Mayo (1892 - 1947)
  Ruth E. Stout Mayo (1924 - 1997)*
  Lillie Lucille Ward (1922 - 1999)*
  John Gilbert Mayo (1915 - 1999)
  Lloyd C. Mayo (1923 - 1944)*
  J.R. Mayo (1924 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
New Valley Cemetery
Weakley County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: David Mayo
Originally Created by: Michael J. Rea
Record added: Dec 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121908460
John Gilbert Gib Mayo
Added by: David Mayo
John Gilbert Gib Mayo
Added by: David Mayo
John Gilbert Gib Mayo
Added by: David Mayo
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