Durl Gibbs, guest speaker in Big Sandy-An incredible story!

At the Memorial day Presentation at the Big Sandy High School Auditorium, the guest speaker was Durl J. Gibbs of the Lewistown area. He is a 95-year-old World War II veteran. Born in 1925 in Idaho, he enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from high school. As a 19-year-old, he was assigned to the 381st Regiment, 96th Infantry Division of the U.S. 10th Army, a division known as the "Deadeyes." On Easter morning, April 1, 1945, his Regiment was part of the assault force against Imperial Japanese troops on the Pacific island of Okinawa.

Surviving the war, Gibbs returned home to marry, start a...

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