Woodbury County

Pvt. Devaine S. Gibbs





Pvt. Devaine S. Gibbs, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Gibbs, 1004 Fowler street, is spending a 21-day furlough with his parents and his wife and son at 812 11th street.  He has been stationed in the South Pacific and was on six islands during the time he was there.  He wears two stars indicating participation in battles on Guadalcanal and Bougainville, the good conduct medal and the pre-Pearl Harbor ribbon.  He has been in service for three years.  Following his furlough, he will report at Hot Springs, Ark., for reassignment.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 12, 1945

Five Gibbs Brothers in Service 

Well represented in the armed forces is the family of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Gibbs, 1004 Fowler street. There are five brothers in the service.

Pfc. Kenneth L. Gibbs returned to Camp Lee, Va., last week after spending his first leave home in three years.  His wife and daughter, of Lynn, Mass., came here to see him. He was given a five-day emergency furlough to see his brother, Devaine, whom he hadn’t see for five years. Kenneth, a member of the quartermaster drum filling corps, was the first to enter the service three and one-half years ago.

Pvt. Devaine S. Gibbs, veteran of battles at Bougainville and Guadalcanal, is now home on a 21-day rotation furlough visiting his wife and son living at 812 11th street. He entered the service two months after Kenneth and spent three years in the South Pacific with the Americal division.

Orlando H. Gibbs, motor machinist’s mate second class, entered the Navy last October and is stationed at San Diego, Cal.  His wife and four children live at Ralston, Neb.

Cpl. Marion L. Gibbs, in the Army two years, was sent overseas recently as a radio operator in the field artillery.

Pvt. Lloyd W. Gibbs, 20, the youngest, who for the last year has been stationed in England, was just transferred to the infantry from the mobile tank corps. He has been in the Army nearly two years.

Cpl. Edward P. Mason, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, is stationed with the field artillery at Fort Jackson, S. C.

Source: The Sioux City Journal,  January 28, 1945 (Gibbs Bros photos included)


Pvt. Lloyd W. Gibbs, 20, was wounded seriously in Germany March 15, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Gibbs, 1004 N. Fowler street, have learned from the War Department.  The telegram was followed up by a card stating Pvt. Gibbs was making normal improvement from a penetrating chest wound in a convalescent hospital.

Pvt. Gibbs, the youngest of four brothers in the service, had been serving with the infantry overseas for one year.  Pvt. Devaine S. Gibbs, veteran of battles at Bougainville and Guadalcanal, returned just recently to the States and is at the field artillery board detachment, Fort Bragg, N. C.  Pfc. Kenneth L. Gibbs is at Camp Lee, Va.; Orlando H. Gibbs, with the Navy in San Diego; and Cpl. Marion L. Gibbs is in Germany.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, Thursday, April 5, 1945


First Sgt. Thomas R. Perrin, 1500 Silver street; T. Sgt. Virgil W. Spaulding, 1105 Court street; and Pvt. D. S. Gibbs, 812 11th street, have reported to the army ground and service forces redistribution station at Hot Springs, Ark., for reassignment. 

Sgt. Perrin participated in two initial landings in the Aleutians during his 29 months in Alaska.
Sgt. Spaulding is a combat veteran of 36 months in the South Pacific.
Pvt. Gibbs saw combat during his 35 months in the South Pacific.
They will now receive physical examinations and be processed by classification experts.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 2, 1945