Clyde J. Hibbs

USS West Virginia

Clyde Jay Hibbs, Jr., Machinist Mate 3/c, born June 20, 1919, Mannington, WV. He joined the service March 4, 1944, and was stationed at NTC, basic training, Great Lakes, IL, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Leyte Gulf and Surigao Straits.

Memorable experiences include sinking of Japanese battleship, when kamikaze flew into mess decks and crossing the Equator.
Discharged Jan. 12, 1946. His awards include the Pacific Theater, American Theater, WWII Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal.

Worked as a Greyhound bus driver, electrician for local college, started his own business in sales and service of TVs and advanced into two-way radio communications. Business started in 1952 and continues today with family involvement. Semi-retired, he is active in civic organizations and Masonic lodges.

Married Ethel Marie Hall and they have two daughters, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing

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