Gibbs Receives French Legion of Honor Medal

A Newton County man was honored Monday by the French, more than sixty years after his heroics in World War II.

Vernon Gibbs was given the French Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony at Regions Bank in Newton.

"Those people were so happy to see us, to come back and take their country over," said Gibbs. "They were crying. They were shouting. They were doing all kinds of things, because they knew that they had the Germans out of their country and they were free French people again."

The award was given for bravery Gibbs showed during his time fighting in France, specifically for an incident where he managed to repair allied communication lines during a period of intense fighting.

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  • by Joe Location: Chunky on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Having served in the military for 38 years, I salute you Mr. Gibbs. You and the ones that served in WWI and WWII, have been an inspration to me as I moved up in rank in the US Army. Again congrats, to YOU and your family. I SALUTE YOU, SIR!
  • by Dave on Dec 15, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    You have every reason to be proud of your dad, Deborah. We all do. God bless you, Mr. Gibbs.
  • by Deborah Parker Location: Newton on Dec 15, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    I just want everyone to know how proud I am of my father, Vernon Gibbs. He was so grateful to receive this Medal of Honor. We will never know what all they went through to give us our freedom. Thanks to all the men and women serving in the military now and then. God Bless You !!
  • by Ruth on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    I think this man and our other veterans should be honored. Mr. Gibbs and the greatest generation saved France from Hitler. They saved the U.S. from Hitler and the Japanese leadership at the time. Thank you, Mr. Gibbs. Thank you, veterans. Thank you, veterans of today, active and retired. I will take issue with something another commenter said. The men and women of today's armed forces did not choose their particular post or theater of service necessarily. But they did choose to serve. They volunteered. It is at the same time a sacrifice and an opportunity. It does not diminish my gratitude to them. But they did choose to enlist. They were not drafted. I thank them for being willing to do that. It takes a special person.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    It has been an honor to know Vernon for as many years as I have. I grew up knowing him and have had much respect for him all my life. Veterans like him should always be honored for what they have done. There are men and women fighting now that have no choice but to be there just like Vernon did many years ago. We should thank these people every chance we get for what they have put their lives up against in order for someone else to have better. THANK YOU VERNON. Steven
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Gibbs. And thank you to all World War II and all other veterans. I have been to Normandy where many of our allies are buried and seen the coastal neighborhoods that were set free by the brave men. It was awesome to see what they were able to accomplish. The terrain, the weather were against them. yet they prevailed. I salute you, Mr. Gibbs and your comrades.
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