Published in The Washington Post on May 27, 2018
Robert F. Gibson "Falcon" Col, USMC (Ret.)
Passed away in Annandale, VA on December 26, 2017.
Born in Dayton, OH on September 28, 1940 to Col Gardiner
Scudder and Anne Walsh Gibson, USAF.
He graduated from St. John's College High School in
Washington, DC in 1958 and the United States Air Force
Academy in 1962 (with the original RTB class).
Commissioned that year in the United States Marine Corps,
he spent 30 proud years serving as an officer of Marines.
He deployed twice to Vietnam ('65, '68-69 to include
operations during the Tet Offensive), commanded at the
Squadron and Group level, wrote doctrine that became the foundation for the Marine Air
Command and Control System, and participated in operations in Honduras, Beirut, Norway,
the Philippines, Kuwait, and Desert Storm. Personal awards include the Legion of Merit with
Gold Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Meritorious Service Medal,
and the Combat Action Ribbon. Three years after his retirement, the Marine Corps Aviation
Association notified him that the Marine Officer Aviation Command and Control of the Year
Award was re-named after him.
A native of Northern VA for the last 30 years of his life, he hated how all of you were
incapable of driving competently.
Survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara, sons, Robert (including daughter-in-law, Brandy,
and grandson, James) and Stephan, and step-children, Holly, Candy, and Greg.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy's Funeral Home, 1102 West
Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046.
Services and internment are scheduled for May 31, 8:45 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Ft.
Myer, with burial following at Arlington National Cemetery.
Murphy Funeral Homes
1102 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
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