Private First Class Joe Perkins Gibbs, born September 24, 1930, was killed in action September 13, 1952 in Korea. He was the son of Wilford Gibbs and mother, Otholla Gibbs. He had two brothers, Andre W. and Curtis LeRoy Gibbs all of Knoxville. Private First Class Gibbs had one son, Ronney L. Gibbs. He was also survived by grandmothers, Fannie Stevenson of Stanford, Ky. and Ellen Gibbs, Knoxville; two aunts, Juanita Pendleton, Knoxville and Miss Lillian Stevenson of Stanford, Ky.; grandfather, Curtis Gibbs.

Private First Class Gibbs was a resident of Knoxville and lived at 120 South Kyle Street. He was a member of the 159th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.

Joe was repatriated in early December 1952 and funeral services were held at A.R. Wheeler and Son mortuary on December 8, 1952. He was buried following the service in the US National Cemetery in Knoxville. Members of the American Legion served as pallbearers and were in charge of military honors at the graveside.

Private First Class Gibbs was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 September 1930
  • Date of death: 13 September 1952
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 159th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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