HEROES OF BASTOGNE
... An army announcement giving more details of the 101st
Airborne Division's part in the battle of the bulge today lists eight
Sacramento and Superior California soldiers among the participants in
the historical action at Bastogne.
They are: Private Lawrence J Zorn, 5310 Santa Maria Avenue,
Private Leland F. Parker, Private First Class Ellis E. Brown, all of
Sacramento; Private Charles W. Kalyja, 2635 Eight Sreet, North
Sacramento, Private William T. Wongett, Staff Sergeant Robert E.
Gibby, both ogf Roseville, Placer county; Major Clarence Hester, Red
Bluff, Tehama county, and Corporal James M. Chronister, Preston, Sonoma
(courtesy of Thomas Gibby)
Grave marker for Robert E.
Gibby in Sylvan Cemetery, Citrus Heights (Sacramento county),
Robert enlisted in the
Army at San Francisco, CA on 7 July 1942.
A parachutist volunteer
Robert was assigned to Service Company, 508th PIR.
On 16 August 1943, Tec5
Gibby was transferred to the 541st PIR at Fort Benning, GA. Gibby
was to act as cadre to the new unit which had been activated four days