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1SG US Army (Ret.) Donald Wayne Gibson, born May 14, 1952, Porterville, CA to George and Helen Gibson. family moved in 1961 to Jefferson Oregon, nearby his paternal Grandparents George Thomas Gibson and Violet (Newman) Gibson. Moved shortly after to Turner, Oregon and then family purchased a home in Aumsville Oregon. Attended 5th thru 8th grades at Aumsville elementary school and graduated as no middle school existed. Attended high school at Cascade Union High School, Turner, Oregon with graduation diploma. Donald enlisted in the U.S. Army in Aug of 1971, due to having a extremely low draft number and was seeking job guarantees instead of needs of the service. Attended basic training at Ft Knox, Armor school. Volunteered for additional training and forgo his guarantee's to attend Explosive Ordnance Disposal training. (Note: Army pay and allowances at that time was approximately $100 per month and the additional training added a additional $55.00 per month due to the hazardous occupation). PVT. Gibson Attended EOD school at Indian Head, MD., a Navel school hosting joint service training. On graduation SP4 Gibson was transferred for duty to Berlin Germany where he served from 1972 -1974. SP5 Gibson was then assigned to the 27th Ord. Det. (EOD) at Ft Lewis, WA where he served for 11 years before SFC Gibson was assigned to the 8th Ord. Det. (EOD) located at Camp Red Cloud, [(Medal of Honor recipient US Marine Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Red_Cloud,_Jr.] and Soul, the capitol of Korea. SFC Gibson returned to Ft Lewis, WA in 1986 and served until 1991. Master Sergeant Gibson was then reassigned to the 176th Ord. Det. (EOD) at Ft. Richardson, Alaska, where he served for a 6 month assignment until his retirement from the military in 1991. 1SG Gibson served 20 Years and 6 months in the US Army and was decorated with the "Master" Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf, The Army Appreciation Medal, the National Defense Ribbon with Campaign star, The Korean Defense Service Medal and numerous other individual service ribbons. Donald met his future wife Judy in Tacoma, WA in 1976 and they married on November 24 of the same year. Daughter Heather, was born following year in Tacoma, on August 29. The family purchased a home in nearby Puyallup, WA. in 1980 and currently reside in same with having a additional home in Ocean Shores, WA.
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"California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, Family Search
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