Ardith W. Gilbreath

b_gilbreathPhoto courtesy of David Gilbreath.

NAME:
Ardith Wayne Gilbreath
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
540469
HOME OF RECORD:
Yantis, TX
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Perry & Era Gilbreath
DATE OF BIRTH:
8/1/1926
SERVICE DATES:
9/22/1943 – 1945
DATE OF DEATH:
6/2/2016
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
Saipan B/1/24 745 Private WIA
Tinian In Hospital
Iwo Jima B/1/24 675 PFC WIA
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart with Gold Star
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class

*Note: A relative of this Marine, also named Ardith Wayne Gilbreath, served with the 152nd Infantry, 38th Division during World War II. PFC Gilbreath, US Army, was killed in action in the Philippines on 9 May 1945. Online sources commonly confuse the two individuals. Thanks to David Gilbreath for the information.

Biography coming soon.

Wayne Gilbreath's extremely close call on Iwo Jima. War diary, USS Knox, February 1945.
Wayne Gilbreath’s extremely close call on Iwo Jima. War diary, USS Knox, February 1945.

 

PFC Gilbreath in 1945. Photo courtesy of David Gilbreath.
PFC Gilbreath in 1945. Photo courtesy of David Gilbreath.