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William Charles Gribble, Jr.
Lieutenant General, United States Army
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Lieutenant General William C. Gribble, Jr.
Chief of Engineers (August 1, 1973-June 30, 1976) 

Born in Ironwood, Michigan, on May 24, 1917, William Gribble, Jr., graduated from the Military Academy in 1941 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

During World War II he served on the staff of  the 340th Engineer General Service Regiment as it first built a section of the Alaska Highway in western Canada and later assisted MacArthur's drive in New Guinea and the Philippines.

At the end of the war he commanded the 118th Engineer Combat Battalion, 43d Infantry Division. Gribble then worked in the Los Alamos laboratory and in the Reactor Development Division of the Atomic Energy Commission. As Alaska District Engineer he oversaw construction of a nuclear power plant at Fort Greely, Alaska.   He headed the Army's nuclear power program in 1960-61. In 1963 he was the Corps' North Central Division Engineer. 

Gribble's scientific skills led to his service as Director of Research and Development in the Army Materiel Command in 1964-66 and as the Army's Chief of Research and Development in 1971-73. In 1969-70 he commanded the Army Engineer Center and Fort Belvoir and was Commandant of the Army Engineer School.   He became Chief of Engineers in 1973.

Gribble received a master's degree in physical science from the University of Chicago in 1948 and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Michigan Technological University. He was also an honorary member of the United Kingdom's Institute of Royal Engineers. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Brazilian Order of Military Merit. 

General Gribble died at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on June 2, 1979 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

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GRIBBLE, WILLIAM CHARLES JR
LTG   US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/24/1940 - 05/31/1976
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/24/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 06/02/1979
DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/06/1979
BURIED AT: SECTION 48  SITE 1502
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

GRIBBLE, JANE W
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/23/1919
DATE OF DEATH: 05/25/2001
DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/01/2001
BURIED AT: SECTION 48  SITE 1502
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF GRIBBLE, WILLIAM CHARLES JR  LTG  US ARMY



Posted: 28 November 2000 Updated: 14 October 2001 Updated: 5 March 2003
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