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Private First Class Gilbert A. Babbs
Class of 2004

Navy Commendation Medal

United States Army



Private First Class Gilbert A. Babbs. For heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy on Leyte on November 4, 1944. While acting as a volunteer rear guard for a group of three litter squads carrying wounded soldiers to an aid station, Private First Class Babbs and two other men held off an estimated fifteen enemy soldiers armed with a heavy machine gun until the wounded were in a place of safety. Private First Class Babbs’ devotion to the welfare of his comrades was in the highest tradition of the military service.

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