JAMES V GIBSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

JAMES VAL GIBSON

WALL NAME

JAMES V GIBSON

PANEL / LINE

9W/1

DATE OF BIRTH

07/31/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/02/1970

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBUS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR JAMES VAL GIBSON
POSTED ON 9.22.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am 73 and have lived a long and fulfilling life. It is tragic you never had that same opportunity. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2022

Final Mission of SP4 James V. Gibson

Operation Frederick Hill was a security operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces, RVN, from March 18, 1969 to February 28, 1971. The operation was conducted by the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal Division) in cooperation and coordination with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) 5th Regiment to secure pacification operations near the coastal areas and the destruction of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Vietcong (VC) units operating in the area. Allied forces performed aggressive patrolling and sweep operations during Frederick Hill. On June 2, 1970, elements of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry left an overnight defensive position five miles northeast of Tien Phuoc. The company had climbed a hill to secure some high ground for a day defensive position when a booby-trapped 155mm artillery round was detonated. Patrols had been over the area before, and this particular location had been previously occupied by U.S. troops as several fighting (fox) holes were still visible inside the perimeter. While the company was settling in, an infantryman, SP4 James V. Gibson, sat on the edge of one of the fighting holes. When he stepped down into the cavity, an enormous explosion occurred. The blast killed Gibson instantly and injured several others. The violent detonation tossed a medic over a hedge; his injuries were mostly blast-related. In fact, because the device had been placed below ground level, those nearby were spared more serious injury. Evacuation aircraft carried the casualties to U.S. medical facilities. Later that evening, B/2-1 exacted a semblance of revenge when one of its ambush teams attacked a mixed force of NVA-VC, killing seven enemy combatants (five NVA, two VC). [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, “Operational Report - Lessons Learned, Headquarters, Americal Division, Period Ending 31 July 1970” at dtic.mil, and information provided by R. Scott Smith (September 2022)]
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POSTED ON 7.19.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

Forever 18

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.25.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 70th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.2.2021
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Bronze Star Medal Award for Valor

Specialist Four James Val Gibson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device V, for his exemplary gallantry in action. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Merit for his sustained meritorious service. He served as an Infantryman and was assigned to B CO, 2ND BN, 1ST INFANTRY, 196TH INFANTRY BDE, AMERICAL DIV.
See https://army.togetherweserved.com/
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