Tibbs, Joe J.

This US Army veteran distinguished himself by gallantry in action on July 8, 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam while assigned to the 187th Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division. As a squad leader he spotted an enemy ambush waiting for his platoon to enter the kill zone. He quickly alerted his squad and then engaged the enemy. On two occasions he exposed himself to enemy fire to save wounded members of his squad. During one of these missions he himself was seriously wounded. Unable to return to his lines he lay on the battlefield and remained quiet for seven hours in fear his company would change its tactics and allow the enemy to escape. Due to his personal bravery, the enemy was completely routed. For this action, Mr. Tibbs, was awarded the nation’s third highest valor award, the Silver Star Medal. Mr. Tibbs is a Huntsville resident.