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Lt. Col. William Junior Gibson

Lt. Col. William Junior Gibson

Male 1920 - 2010  (90 years)

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  • Name William Junior Gibson 
    Title Lt. Col. 
    Born 28 Apr 1920  North Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Sep 2010  Air Force Village, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lt. Col. William J. Gibson, (USAF-Ret.), a native of Ogden, UT, passed away at his home in Air Force Village, San Antonio, TX, on Sept. 2, 2010 at the age of 90.
      He was born in Ogden, UT, on April 28, 1920, to John William and Hazel Margaret Berrett Gibson. Col. Gibson was a distinguished and decorated veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War.
      He entered active duty with the Army Air Corps in October 1941 as a B-17 pilot. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he deployed to the Pacific Theater, where he flew numerous combat missions against enemy shipping and ground targets.
      At age 24 he was the youngest Lt. Col. in the Army Air Corps, commanding a squadron of B-29s. In the last mission of the war, he led a composite crew drawn from all the air crews in the Pacific Theater to fly the official photos of the Japanese surrender back to Washington, D.C.
      He died on the 65th anniversary of that mission. Col. Gibson served in Vietnam, completing more than 1, 000 combat missions. He was rated in 62 different aircraft from bi-planes to jets, with more than 22, 000 flying hours.
      Col. Gibson married Beth Jensen of Huntsville, UT, on May 24, 1946. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Col. Gibson earned bachelors and masters degrees from Utah State University and Weber State University. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, the Order of Daedalians and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
      Col. Gibson volunteered for many years as a docent at the Institute of Texas Cultures. He served the Air Force Association as a National Director and a trustee of the Aerospace Education Foundation. Col. Gibson also was devoted to his fellow veterans of the 505th Bomb Group, who met regularly for reunions under his direction.
      He is survived by his wife, Beth J. Gibson; three children, Patricia Zanghi of Athena, PA, Daryl Gibson of Austin, and John William Gibson of San Antonio; brother, Gerald R. Gibson of Pleasant View, UT; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
      Services and interment will be in North Ogden, UT.
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    Person ID I7514  Henry Grow Family
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2012 

    Family Beth Jensen,   b. 11 Nov 1920, Carey, Blaine, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 2011, San Antonio, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 24 May 1946  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 27 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F2422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1920 - North Ogden, Weber, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 May 1946 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Sep 2010 - Air Force Village, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas Link to Google Earth
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