Thomas Nelson Asbury Sibley – Brigadier General, United States Army


Thomas Nelson Asbury Subley a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, who was awarded the Bronze Star in World War II and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work with the Joint Chief of Staffs during the Six-Day War in the Middle East, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at home in Williamsburg, Virginia, of lymphoma.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1938. He devoted 36 years in service to his country.

During the final days of World War II, General Sibley served as the Executive Officer, 343rd Regiment, 86th (Blackhawk) Division. He attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and then was assigned to teach there for several years. He also attended the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks. His final assignments were as Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division, and then Chief, J-5, Middle East, Africa and South Asia Desk, Joint Chief of Staffs.

During his long and varied career, General Sibley received many decorations, including the Bronze Star, Europe's EAME, Combat Infantryman's Badge, French Croix de Guerre with star, and the Philippines Independence Medal. At the end of his career, he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his crisis- managements skills during the Six-Day War in the Middle East.

Retiring in 1968, General Sibley served as a consultant and worked in the field of real estate in Northern Virginia. In 1982, he moved to Kingsmill in Williamsburg and spent much time enjoying his love of golf. He was an enthusiastic Redskins fan.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes; children, Sally, Tom and D; a sister, Katherine Reed; and grandchildren, Mark, Michael, Jason and Whitney.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 3, at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sloan- Kettering Cancer Research Center, 1275 York Ave., Box E, New York, NY 10021, or the Phillips Programs for Children and Families, 7010 Braddock Rd., Annandale, Virginia 22003.

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