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StM2c Bruce Gibson
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StM2c Bruce Gibson Veteran

Birth
Death
29 Jul 1945 (aged 27)
Monument
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA Add to Map
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Courts of the Missing
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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 Gibson, who resided at 908 Poplar Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Stewart's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Callaghan (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 Callaghan 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 Callaghan 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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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 Gibson, who resided at 908 Poplar Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Stewart's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Callaghan (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 Callaghan 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 Callaghan 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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