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GIBSON, Albert

DT 1st Dakota Cav Battalion Co A. Civil War: Private. Sources: (Index of Compiled Service Records, North Dakota Archives, roll 6099)


US 3rd Inf. Residence: Illinois. Born in Nysund, Sweden. Second World War: Technician Fifth Grade. Awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 28 Jan 1944 near Isola Bella, Italy, Gibson, who was a company cook, led a squad of replacements through their initial baptism of fire, destroying four enemy positions, killing five and capturing two German soldiers. He secured the left flank of his company during an attack on a strongpoint. Placing himself 50 yards in front of his new men, Gibson advanced down the wide stream ditch known as the Fossa Femminamorta, keeping pace with the advance of his company. An enemy soldier allowed T5 Gibson to come within 20 yards of his concealed position and then opened fire on Gibson with a machine pistol. Despite the stream of automatic fire which barely missed him, Gibson charged the position, firing his machine gun every few steps. Reaching the position, Gibson fired point blank at his opponent, killing him. An artillery concentration fell in and around the ditch; the concussion from one shell knocked him flat. As he got to his feet, Gibson was fired upon by two soldiers armed with a machine pistol and a rifle from a position only 75 yards distant. Gibson immediately raced toward the foe. Halfway to the position a machine gun opened fire on him. Bullets came within inches of his body, yet Gibson never paused in his forward movement. He killed one and captured the other soldier. Shortly after, when he was fired upon by a heavy machine gun 200 yards down the ditch, Gibson crawled back to his squad and ordered it to lay down a base of fire while he flanked the emplacement. Despite all warning, Gibson crawled 125 yards through an artillery concentration and the cross fire of two machine guns which showered dirt over his body. He threw two hand grenades into the emplacement and charged it with his submachine gun, killing two of the enemy and capturing a third. Before leading his men around a bend in the stream ditch, Gibson went forward alone to reconnoiter. Hearing an exchange of machine pistol and submachine gun fire, Gibson’s squad went forward to find that its leader had run 35 yards toward an outpost, killed the machine pistol man, and had himself been killed while firing at the Germans. Sources: (“America’s Medal of Honor Recipients”. Publ. 1977, pp 560, 1014)


WI 44th Inf Co B. Residence: Winchester, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Enlisted at Winchester on 3 Oct 1864. Private. Mustered out 28 Aug 1865. Sources: (History of the town of Winchester, Winnebago, Wisconsin, publ. 2002, 4-9)

GIBSON, Oscar W.

WI 15th Inf Co C. Residence: Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 18. Unmarried. Enlisted for three years on 9 Nov 1861 at Waterford. Mustered 2 Dec 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin. Private. Promoted to Corporal. Assigned as an orderly at Brigade Headquarters on 1 Jun 1863. Taken prisoner at Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, and died of disease in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, 2 Feb 1864. Buried in Richmond Cemetery. Entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-5; red book vol 20 p 42) (Buslett p413) (Ager p298)


IL 23rd Inf Co D. Residence: Simonauk, DeKalb County, Illinois. Born in Sweden. Civil War: Age 36. Farmer. Unmarried. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, 5’8”. Enlisted for three years on 21 Apr 1862 at Simonauk and mustered on 14 May 1862 at Chicago, Illinois. Private. Sources: (ILSA reel two p 22)