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Fred Samuel Gibbons

Posted 2008-07-04 by Sharon
Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
January 6, 1961 p. 8

Rite Held For Fred S. Gibbons

Funeral services for Fred Samuel Gibbons were held in the Wickenburg Chapel last Friday afternoon with the Rev. Dean McMann, Episcopal vicar, officiating.

Burial followed in the Wickenburg Cemetery.

Mr. Gibbons died in Community Hospital the evening of December 30 after a long illness. Born June 13, 1891, in Carl Junction, Mo.

Mr. Gibbons later lived in Oklahoma, where he worked in mines, and in 1918 went to California where he was a mechanic with heavy duty equipment. He and Mrs. Gibbons moved to Wickenburg 11 years ago from Redding, Calif., and resided in a trailer at the Shell Motel on the California Highway.

Mr. Gibbons was one of the few civilians to win the bronze star during World War II. He and a son, George Fred Gibbons had gone to Wake Island as civilian mechanics before the start of the war. Sixteen days after the attack on Pearl Harbor the Japs invaded Wake Island. Mr. Gibbons helped make a final stand by fighting in the brush along the beaches for nine hours. The son was killed. Mr. Gibbons was taken prisoner. He remained a prisoner of Japs from December 23, 1941, until the war ended in 1945. His ill health was due to malnutrition and heavy forced labor which the Japs inflicted upon the prisoners.

Surviving are the widow, Frances; one son, Virgil Gibbons of Snowflake; one daughter Mrs. Jack Gray, also of Snowflake; three grandsons; one brother, Ed Gibbons, Miami, Fla.; and two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Todd of Burkburnett, Texas, and Mrs. Lloyd Cox of Monett, Mo.



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