Chiefs of Signal
Major General David P. Gibbs
1963 - 1964
The appointment of David Parker Gibbs as Chief Signal Officer, in 1963, made the position a "family affair." His father, George S. Gibbs, had served as head of the Corps some thirty-five years earlier (1928-1931). While the elder Gibbs had worked his way through the ranks from private to major general, David Gibbs graduated from West Point as a second lieutenant in 1933.
Prior to World War II, Gibbs served in several Signal units, including the lst Signal Troop of the 1st Cavalry F Division at Fort Bliss, Texas and the 11th Signal Company, Hawaii Division.
His wartime assignments included Iceland, England, France, Germany and Czechoslovakia. During the 1950s, Gibbs commanded the 1st Signal Service Group at Camp Polk, Louisiana, the 51st Signal Operations Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland, and served in various staff assignments in Washington, D.C. The next two years (1954-55) included various assignments in Korea and Japan.
Between 1955 and 1958, Gibbs, a brigadier general, was Chief Signal Officer at Headquarters, Continental Army Command (now the Training and Doctrine Command - TRADOC), Commanding Officer of the Signal Training Center at Fort Gordon, and Chief of Staff for Communications and Electronics, Headquarters, North American Defense Command Center.
Upon receipt of his second star, Gibbs was first assistant, then deputy and finally Chief Signal Officer. The Chief Signal Officer, effective 1 March 1964, was re-designated Department of the Army Staff, Chief of Communications-Electronics.
MG Gibbs died in 1987. Included among his honors are the Legion of Merit, the French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) and the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters.