From contemporary press reports
John P. Gibbons, 87, a Navy Captain who served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps and later as a lawyer with the General Accounting Office, died of respiratory failure July 21, 2003, at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Captain Gibbons served 20 years in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring in 1965. During World War II, he served aboard ships in the Atlantic.
He was a GAO lawyer from 1965 until he retired in 1980 as deputy director of the Transportation and Claims Division.
Captain Gibbons, a resident of McLean, Virginia, was born in Chicago and attended St. Mary's College in Minnesota. He received a law degree from DePaul University Law School.
His Navy postings included Great Lakes, Illinois, and Hawaii. He settled in the Washington area in the late 1950s.
His first wife, Eleanor Erskine Gibbons, died in 1971.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Joan Abrams Gibbons of McLean; 12 children from his first marriage, John E. Gibbons of Severna Park, Jane Gollop of Leicestershire, England, Richard C. Gibbons of Reston, Mary Skinner of Dayton, Ohio, Kevin K., William M., James C. and Christopher Gibbons, all of Annandale, Thomas B. Gibbons of McLean, Peter G. Gibbons of Copenhagen, Sally Waugh of Wilton, Connecticut, and Ann Rosenblum of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother; a sister; and 29 grandchildren.
GIBBONS, JOHN PATRICK, CAPT, USN (Ret.)
On Monday, July 21, 2003, of McLean, Virginia. Beloved husband of Joan A. Gibbons; loving father of John E. Gibbons, Jane G. Gollop, Richard C. Gibbons, Mary G. Skinner, Kevin K. Gibbons, William M. Gibbons, Thomas B. Gibbons, James C. Gibbons, Peter G. Gibbons, Christopher Gibbons, Sally G. Waugh and Ann G. Rosenblum; brother of Kathryn G. Cartin and William J. Gibbons. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. John's Catholic Church, 6420 Linway Terr., McLean, Virginia 22101, on Wednesday, August 20 at 1 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church Building Fund.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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