From a contemporary press report:
John R. Gibson, 84, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who specialized in intelligence for the last 10 years of his career, died of cardiovascular disease December 15, 2003, at the Fairfax Nursing Center.
Colonel Gibson, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Charlotte Court House, Virginia. He began his military career in 1941 and retired from the Air Force in 1965.
During World War II, he was a bombardier-navigator aboard a B-17 aircraft. He was wounded when his plane was hit by ground fire in a mission over Germany. He served for a year in Korea after the war there. Later, he was posted at Air Force bases across the United States. He retired to Goldsboro, North Carolina, and settled in the Washington area in 1967.
In this area, he sold real estate for a year and was a sales representative for a correspondence school.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Gibson of Alexandria; four daughters, Linda Neel of Goldsboro, Sheri Steiner of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Pam Moffett of Falls Church and Pat Overton of Morgan City, Louisiana; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
- GIBSON, JOHN R
- LT COL US AIR FORCE
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/16/1942 – 10/31/1965
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/13/1919
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/15/2003
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/28/2004
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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