Jesse Franklin Gibson   



Centenary, South Carolina

Mother - Mrs. Mary S. Gibson of Centenary, S.C.

Army, Private

HQ Battery, 374th Field Artillery Battalion 105 How., 100th Infantry Division

Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal

Aug 1, 1916

Apr 22, 1945

Killed In Action - Germany

Lorraine AMC, Plot D, Row 23, Grave 30; Memorialized in Centenary Cemetery.


Additional Information

Deployed before Graduating

Army ID: 34515090

Activities of the 100th Infantry Division around the time of Pvt. Gibson’s death.

During a brutal eight-day battle, the 100th wrested this, one of the last remaining German strongholds, from its tenacious defenders, in a house-by house fight that tested every bit of the experience gained by the Division in its five months of combat to that point.  Two more weeks of mostly-motorized slashes through the ancient German province of Swabia to the south and southeast brought the 100th Infantry Division to the doorstep of Stuttgart.

On 24 April, the Division was officially taken off the line for the first time in 175 consecutive days.  On the evening of 5 May, the Division received the order to cease fire unless fired upon; on 8 May, it was over.  In the six months of its combat tour, the Century Division advanced 186 miles, liberated dozens of towns and cities, captured 13,351 enemy soldiers, and decisively beat elements of five German divisions.  In the process, the Division lost 916 dead, and sustained 3,656 wounded and 180 missing in action.
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