StM2 Bruce Gibson
Cenotaph

StM2 Bruce Gibson

Birth
Death 28 Jul 1945
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

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Memorial ID 56131353 · View Source
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His first name was actually "John" and his middle name was "Bruce". However he dropped his first name when he enlisted in the Navy.

John "Bruce", who resided at 908 Poplar Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Stewart's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Callaghn (DD-792), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy on August 17, 1943 in Wilmington, Delaware and was assigned to the Callaghn on May 9, 1944.

The Callaghn, while on a picket line off Okinawa, was hit Kamikaze style by a wood-and-fabric Japanese Yokosuka K5Y biplane on the starboard side. It exploded and one of the aircraft's bombs penetrated the aft engine room. The destroyer flooded and the fires which ignited antiaircraft ammunition prevented nearby ships from rendering aid. The Callaghn sank with the loss of 47 members of her crew. She was the last Allied ship sunk by a kamikaze attack during the war. .

John "Bruce" was "Killed In Action" in this sinking during the war. He was buried at sea.

He had served in the Navy for one year and eleven months at the time of his death and was decorated with the Purple Heart.

Service # 8127397

Son of John Gibson and Clara Ross Gibson.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Delaware.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56131353
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for StM2 Bruce Gibson (unknown–28 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56131353, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .