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(images courtesy 'Mike')

Grave marker for Commie Gibbs in Section 22 of the Sunset Cemetery, Shelby (Cleveland County),
North Carolina/
   Commie enlisted in the Army on 25 Nov 1940 in Jacksonville, Alabama.
   He was apparently an early entrant into the parachutist ranks and served with the 505th PIR in Sicily.
   Commie was a member of Hq 1st, 508th as well. Based on the obituary statement that he was wounded in France, he must have been transferred prior to the Normandy invasion.

Commie Gibbs

SHELBY Commie Gibbs, 83, 121 Palmer St., died July 24, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Marshall, Ala., son of the late Zerah Thomas and Eliza Graves Gibbs. Retired from Bost Bakery, member of Eastside Baptist Church, Mason, Army World War II veteran, Corporal 505th Parachute Infantry, who received three Bronze Stars, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon and Silver Star, wounded in France and Sicily battles.

SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Walker Gibbs; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Sharon Gibbs, Glen Burnie, Md.; daughters, Nancy Newton, Mayo, S.C., Linda Rudicil, Clemmons, S.C.; grandchildren, Karen and Robert Harrill, Jeff Gibbs, Michelle Schwanke, Jennifer Rudicil, Scot Rudicil; great-grandchildren, Megan and Robert Harrill.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sunset Cemetery, Dr. Harold Fite, with full military honors
VISITATION: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.

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