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  Steve Dengler

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I am with the USS Mispillion AO 105 reunion association. We are looking for the dates of birth and the dates of death for Jack E. Gibson for our deceased shipmate list. He was the commanding officer of our ship in the early 1960's. We understand that he was in the PT boats in WWII. All we know is that he retired from the Navy as a Captain in the early 1960's and that he was commander of a PT boat squadron in WWII. Any info is helpful and appreciated. Thanks, Steve Dengler, sec/treas, USS Mispillion Shipmate Reunion Association.

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According to Robert Bulkleys' book "at Close Quarters" Lt. Comdr. Jack E. Gibson was in command of Squadron 10 based at Green Island in the Solomons from Feb 7-Aug 16,1944. He was then assigned to Squadron 4 from Sept27- Oct.31 1944.




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Jack E Gibson was a Lt. Cdr having served with PT Squadrons 4, 10, and 11 during WWII. He had quite a career in the Navy having served on the USS Astoria CA 34 in the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. He was XO and Nav on the USS Little, APD-4.

His first Combat with PT Boats was with Ron 11 while based in Rendova. He served on Base in Vella La Vella as Commander of Squadron 10 and set up a PT Boat Base on Green island.

After his stint with PT Boats he went back to Melville and was attached with the training squadron, Ron 4, then to the Navy War College as a student. He served on the USS Baltimore as Chief of staff to Comcrudiv 5, Westpac and took visiting Congressmen through the remains of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was on Staff of the Comresfleet Co, USS Barton Island ice breaker and operated in the Bearing Sea and Artic Ocean. Went to the Pentagon in chare of cold weather readiness of the Navy. He wrote offical pubs on Motor Torpedo Boat Tactics and Doctrine.

He was the CO of USS Keppier, DDE 765 and operated with hunter killer forces. From there he went back to the Navy War College as instructor and Lecturer. Promoted to Captain COM MINE Ron, Long Beach based Mine Sweepers. Served as Staff COM MINE PAC. CO USS Mispillion, Fleet Oiler. Served as a technical advisor for the Warner Brothers Film PT 109. COMDESRON 13, eight ASW DD'S, Twelfth Naval District Deputy Chief for Naval Reserve. Chief of Staff, Western Sea Frontier, Retired 34 years.




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About 2 and half years ago, I got a call from a guy in Northern California who said he had something from our ship. It was a plaque and it had the USS Mispillion crest on it and below that was the inscription: To Captain Jack E Gibson from the officers and men of the USS Mispillion AO 105 we wish you smooth sailing and fair winds. That man (Steve Carlson) came to our 2005 reunion in San Francisco and gave us the plaque, which we donated to the Milford museum in Milford, Delaware. The Mispillion was named after the Mispillion river, which flows through Milford. Mr Carlson said that he was neighbors with Mr and Mrs Gibson for several years. When Mr Gibson passed away, Mrs Gibson gave Mr Carlson some boxes to store in his garage as she was moving to a retirement home. After her passing, he opened the boxes and found some of Mr Gibson's navy memorbilia. He then contacted the Gibson children, who did not want any of the memorbilia. Hence, he gave us the plaque. He said at that time that he still had some of Mr Gibson's stuff. If I can find him again, I will let you know.

Steve Dengler, sec/treas
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  Steve Dengler

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I just got off the phone with Mr Steve Carlson of Cardoza, California. He was neighbors with Captain Jack Gibson. He said that Mrs Gibson is still alive and is about 93 or 94 years old. He said Jack passed away around 10 years ago. Mrs Gibson is in a retirement home. He said the only thing he has of Captain Gibson's is an oar signed by Admiral Chester Nimitz. He said he has been in contact twice with the Nimitz museum in Fredricksburg, Texas to see if they wanted the oar. He said that they have never contacted him back. He said that Mrs Gibson has a nice 8 x 10 photo of the Captain and he will try to get me a copy. I will make a copy and send to you guys if you want. Don't know when he will get it, but will let you know as soon as I get it. You guys have a very nice website. If you get a chance, check out the Mispillion website. www.ussmispillion.com Thanks, Steve

Steve Dengler, sec/treas
USS Mispillion Shipmate Assn.

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Steve, the SSDI includes a Jack E Gibson b 10/17/14, d 11/16/91, last residence Oakland CA. To verify this is your Jack Gibson, reference SSN 037-26-0664.


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  Steve Dengler

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Thanks for the info Ed. I will check that out. Mr Carlson lives in Carodoza, which is about an hour north of San Francisco. I appreciate your help.

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