2005-07-15 / Columnists

Meeks Presents Purple Heart To Korean War Vet

Herbert Gibbs, a St. Albans resident who was a United States Army corporal during the Korean War in the early 1950s. While serving as a Medic in the 5657 Medical Company of the 7th Division’s 32nd Infantry Regiment, the then 22 year old Cpl. Gibbs was wounded during the fighting at “Three Hills.” The lone survivor from his company, Corporal Gibbs sustained significant injuries to his head and neck from a shell explosion, yet continued to perform his duties.  

Just a year earlier, “Three Hills” was the location of the Battle of Bloody Ridge where numerous combatants on both sides lost their lives in one of the bloodiest campaigns of the Korean War. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks who presented the award to Gibbs in his district office said, “With tens of thousands of our men and women in harms way today in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s important to remember that young people from this community and from neighborhoods and rural areas throughout America have paid a heavy price down through the years serving their country. I feel privileged to have the honor of bestowing, even if belatedly, the Purple Heart to Corporal Herbert Gibbs for bravery in the face of insurmountable odds.”

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