He enlisted 10 December 1942. He was assigned to the 3841 Quartermaster Truck Company G, 478th Quartermaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Mobile). On 18 January 1944, a C-47A transport departed Dinjan air field, India, on a food dropping mission in Burma. Private Montoya was aboard to help drop supplies. It was assigned to the Second Troop Carrier Squadron. It was last seen at 1150 hours that day. It was reported as a battle casualty, shot down by enemy fighters. His remains were buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina (Sec. J).


His brother Gary E. Taylor, born 17 September 1918, served in the U.S. Army from 26 June 1941, for 4 years in the Pacific theater. He died 24 February 2013 and is buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.


His brother, Hubert A. Taylor, born 23 April 1921, served in the USAAF, a 1st Lieutenant, from 1 October 1943 to 11 March 1946. He died on 1 August 1988 and is buried in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Greer, Spartanburg Co., South Carolina.

Burma Jungle grave marker

GIBBINS, HENRY (NMI), JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-368721, U.S. Army


Henry Gibbins, Jr., was born 19 October 1913, to Henry (NMI) Gibbins (1877-1941), a U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corps, Lieutenant Colonel (Died when a Major General), and Grace R. (McGonigle) Gibbins (1880-1947). A sister was Margaret Gibbins (1912-    ). Half siblings included Henry G. Hill (1882-1952), Roland S. Hill (1893-1970), and Joseph Rushworth Hill (1903-1960).


A 1933 directory for Washington, D.C., shows a Colonel Henry Gibbins and wife, Grace, living at 3901 Connecticut Avenue SouthWest, Apartment 108, and Henry Gibbins, Jr., lived with them, a student. The 1938 directory shows: Major General Henry Gibbins, wife, Grace, Quartermaster General, U.S. Army, 2139 Wyoming Avenue NorthWest, Apartment 11. The 1920 census shows the family in Fort Keough Military Reservation, Custer, Montana; Lieutenant Colonel Henry Gibbins, age 42 (born TN), Grace, age 39 (born KS), Margaret, age 8 (born TN) and Henry Jr., age 6 (born KS).