Bataan Death March Survivor

Bataan Death March Survivor

My dad Donald Clay Gibson – USMC 1935-1948 Platoon Sgt, Lima Co (75 men),3rd Bn,4th Marines. As a Platoon Sgt,he was wounded on 23 April 1942 on the Island of Corregidor.When the Island fell to the Japanese on April 27,1942 Sgt Gibson was captured and endured the Bataan Death March.He was later imprisoned as a POW at Cabanatuan,Palawan in the Philippine Ialands. At a later date he was move to Hastachi and Ashio on the Japanese Mainland,and forced to serve as a laborer in the coal mines. Sgt Gibson served a POW for 40 months. Only 13 men for Lima Co. came back. He was awarded the Purple Heart with star as he was wounded twice.(Gunnery Sgt). Bronze Star and POW medal and other medals. He came up through the ranks. He was promoted to Master Gunnery Sgt, January 1946. He Retired as a WO2 on November 1st 1948. He was proud of me when I joined the Marines. He was a good Man, Marine and Father. I sure miss him Semper Fi

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