Biography

Gibson, James M.
[Officer S-3 1Bn5thRCT]

biography

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Gibson

There was yet another problem: The leadership in Rohsenberger's 1/5 was chaotic, or worse. The outfit had been brought to Korea by West Pointer (1931) Glenn F. Rogers, forty-three, but Rogers left almost immediately for KMAG. He was temporarily replaced by a 1/5 company commander, a former enlisted man who had won a battlefield commission in World War II. However, after merely two days he collapsed from heat and exhaustion, said: he "couldn't go on," and evacuated himself as an NBC.

He was replaced by the able regimental S-3, Charles J. Parziale, but he was wounded almost immediately and evacuated (he would return).

A cool, newly arrived, decorated (two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts) veteran of World War II, James M. Gibson, twenty-nine, named S-3 of the battalion, attempted to hold the headquarters together.


[Gibson not mentioned in July anyplace else]

 

August 9, 1950

Heasley, however, had a flaw: a serious weakness for the bottle. "When he was sober he was good," the battalion S3, James Gibson, remembered, "but he had a terrible drinking problem. He was drunk half the time he was in Korea. Crombez was aware of this weakness, yet curiously, he kept Heasley on the job. "Why he did was a big mystery no one ever solved, Gibson remembered. Buckley and others in the 1/5 would recall that Heasley, in fact, was merely a convenient figurehead; that the able Gibson tactically commanded the battalion in all but title.[8-10]