Hughes Wilson Gobble was born 1 August 1915 to Emmett Bradley Gobble and Mary “Mollie” Ann Hughes. His older brother Lloyd B. Gobble served in the United States Army during World War I and his younger brother Quentin J. Gobble enlisted on the same day with Hughes in the United States Marine Corps. They were assigned together and Quentin attended his funeral service at Brookwood American Cemetery, London, England. Pvt Gobble died 23 September 1943
Buried at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, TN

The Knoxville Journal, September 26, 1943
Pvt Hughes W. Gobble of Johnson City, was one of three U.S. Marines drowned thursday at Londonderry, Northern Island, according to an Associated Press report yesterday. One of the three, Sgt Fred I. Brevik, 29, of Watertown, S.D. lost his life in an effort to rescue his two comrades. The third man to lose his life was James McGowan of Lynn, Mass.
Private Gobble and McGowan were swept away in a stream during combat exercise and Sergeant Brevik plunged back into the stream after fording it and tried to save his comrades.

The Johnson City Press, July 20, 1948
The body of Private First Class Hughes W. Gobble, who was drowned while on combat maneuvers with the U.S. Marine corps in Londenderry, Ireland, September 23, 1943, arrived in Johnson City this morning on the Southern Train No. 46 from Atlanta. Pfc. Gobble, a son of Mr. and Mrs Emmett B. Gobble, city, route 5, entered service January 6, 1942, and sailed for overseas duty three months later. He was 28 at the time of his death. A native of the Sinking creek section of Carter county, he attended Carter county public schools and was a member of Central Christian Church. Among the survivors is a brother, Quentin J. Gobble of Johnson City, who entered service at the same time and was stationed with Hughes in northern Ireland. The brothers were both employed at an Elizabethton rayon plant before entry in the armed forces. Other survivors are his parents; another brother, Lloyd B. Gobble, of Dayton, O., and eight sisters, Mrs. Frank Wheat, Mrs. Charles Croy, Mrs. Howard Jones, Mrs. John R. Clark, Mrs. Martin I. Haynes, Mrs. J.T. Bacon and Misses Eula and Ella Gobble, all of Johnson City; two nephews and two nieces.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 August 1915
  • Date of death: 23 September 1943
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: Company A
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Monte Vista Cemetery, Johnson City, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
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