"W.F. Davis Gebhart, 78, St. Joseph, formerly of Holt County, MO, died Saturday, June 3, 1995, at his home.
Mr. Davis? was born to Dr. Oliver and Emily Davis Gebhart in St. Joseph, Feb. 25, 1917. He was raised in Oregon, MO, where he graduated from High School.
He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he studied international law and international relations.
He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1940 and served during the Sin-Japanese War as a diplomatic courier and aide in the U.S. Embassy in Chunking, China. During World War II he served with U.S. Army Intelligence in the China-India-Burma theater. He received a combat commission during the Burma campaign in 1945 and was later assigned to the theater headquarters in Chunking.
After the war, he returned to the State Department as vice consul at Hankow and Shanghai, Chin; New Delhi, India; and Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1949 he was interned by the Chinese and released along with other U.S. officials in 1950.
He later worked as a national security and intelligence investigator in West Germany and also as a investigator in West Germany and also as a liaison officer between the U.S. Army and the West German FBI.
Until recent years, he was an officer in the Army Reserve. He was a graduate of the reserve Civil Affairs and Military Government School.
On Feb. 10, 1952, he married Louise Dillard in St. Joseph. She survives of the home.
After his retirement he lived in Andrew County and farmed in Holt County. He moved back to St. Joseph in 1962.
He was a member of the Oregon United Methodist Church; Forest City Masonic Lodge; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; a member of the Moila Temple Shrine, St. Joseph; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Tribe of Mic-O-Say; and numerous social clubs abroad.
Other survivors include two sons, O. Conrad, Kansas City, and E. Roger, Charlotte, N.C.; and one grandchild.
Funeral services and burial were Tuesday, June 6, in St. Joseph."
Source: Newspaper Clipping/Holt county Missouri Historical Society, Mound City, MO.
Louise D Dillard Gebhart
Oliver Conrad Gebhart
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