David Parker Gibbs
|Chief Signal Officer, U.S. Army
David Parker Gibbs
March 11, 1911|
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
|Died||August 30, 1987
Sierra Vista, Arizona
|Buried at||Fort Huachuca Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1933–1964?|
|Commands held||U.S. Signal Corps|
Major General David P. Gibbs (March 11, 1911 – August 30, 1987) was a United States Army General. He graduated from West Point as a second lieutenant in 1933. A career soldier in the Signal Corps, he became Chief of Communications-Electronics in the Department of the Army Staff, a position formerly called "Chief Signal Officer". He earned the Legion of Merit, the Croix de Guerre (War Cross) and the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Gibbs began his career in the Signal Corps prior to World War II, serving in Fort Bliss, Texas with the 1st Cavalry F Division's 1st Signal Troop and with the Hawaii Division's 11th Signal Company. During the Second World War, he served in various postings in Europe. He returned to the United States to command 1st Signal Service Group at Camp Polk, Louisiana and then was promoted to command the 51st Signal Operations Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland, and then served as a staff officer in Washington.
He followed these stateside postings with postings to Korea and Japan from 1954 to 1955. In 1955, he was Chief Signal Officer at Headquarters, Continental Army Command (now the Training and Doctrine Command - TRADOC) as a Brigadier General and then Commanding Officer of the Signal Training Center at Fort Gordon, and Chief of Staff for Communications and Electronics, Headquarters, North American Defense Command Center. He was promoted to Major General and advanced from first assistant to Chief Signal Officer in 1963, a position held by his father George Sabin Gibbs from 1928 to 1931.