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posted 7/3/2014 7:50:26 PM  Reply w/Quote
My uncle, now deceased,was
Francis w Gibson from Jerseyville Illinois. The roster generated as members were sworn in lists him as "Francis W [Wesley] Gibson 134th Ord Maint Bat CO A. Technically I was a member of the 12th Armored Division myself, at Fort Knox, but only for basic training in 1958 plus a month in a tank company before I was filed away in a file cabinet for the rest of my eight year obligation. I was 22 when I was at Fort Knox. Francis was my only uncle and my hero. He returned to Jerseyville after the war and lived there for the rest of his life. My last living cousin is his daughter.

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posted 7/4/2014 5:04:45 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, On the column at the left, Go to the
Hellcat News ARchive. Download the following
two issues. There is a picture of Francis
Gibson in each one.

Hellcat News, (Kingman, Ariz.), Vol. 52, No. 8, Ed. 1, April 1999

Hellcat News, (Kingman, Ariz.), Vol. 50, No. 1, Ed. 1, September 1996

Please contact Ted Glogovac who is the
President of the Association. He can put
a notice in the Hellcat News.

Mike Woldenberg


posted 7/7/2014 7:02:00 PM  Reply w/Quote
Dear Mike

Thank you so much for the information. I haven't looked at the news yet, but I will. I first wanted to thank you for your response.

I have a 12th Armored Div patch on my floppy sun/boonie hat. I wear it around Leisure world Md where we live. No one has asked about it yet, but I still hope to find someone from the same division even if they did not know Francis.

Regretfully I gave my brown Ike jacket with an original patch to my son - now 54 years old. I wish I still had it. I was in basic training as uniforms were switching over to green. I had to dye my brown boots black. The army supplied the dye.

Bob Busch