Private Harvey Garfield Gibson was born on April 16, 1886, in Westminster, Maryland. His parents were John T. and Mary (Owens) Gibson. He grew up with his brother, Luther, and they often lived with his grandmother.
In June of 1918, he enlisted in the US Army. After about two months of training at Camp Meade near Baltimore, Private Gibson sailed to France. There he joined the 371st Infantry Regiment as a replacement soldier. He served in both Company “A” and Company “C”. Private Gibson’s Division, the 92nd, was integrated with the French forces. He fought the Battle of Meuse-Argonne, the deadliest campaign of World War I.
Following the Armistice, Private Gibson returned home to Westminster in February 1919. He lived with his mother and a nephew, Mr. Elmer Gibson. While he often worked various odd jobs as a day laborer, for many years he worked for Mrs. Clara (Albaugh) Cassell, who owned a jewelry store in Westminster.
Private Gibson died at home on February 5, 1941. He likely had never married and has no known children.
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