Floyd Phillips Gibbons was the war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune during World War I. One of radio’s first news reporter and commentators he was famous for a fast talking delivery style. Floyd Gibbons lived a life of danger of which he often wrote and spoke.
Gibbons started with the Tribune in 1907. He became well-known for covering the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, and for reporting on the 1917 torpedoing of the British ship Laconia, on which he was a passenger.
As a World War I correspondent at the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, Gibbons lost an eye after being hit by German gunfire while attempting to rescue an American soldier.
In August 1918, Gibbons was given France’s greatest honor, the Croix de Guerre with Palm, for his valor on the field of battle. On June 21, 1941, Marine Corps League State Commandant Roland L. Young posthumously awarded Gibbons a gold medal, making him an honorary member of the Marine Corps. It was the first such civilian honor ever made in the history of the Marine Corps League.