Bon's "Greatest Generation"
Quotes from Harriet Stout Shipwash

  We of Baby Boomer generation grew up in close proximity to the action, events, people and pathos of the Second World War. Our fathers and uncles fought in Siapan, Belgium, Italy; less than a decade had passed when we started school and began to learn of world events. We knew veterans who still suffered from wounds, but it all seemed far, far away and long, long ago. However, a story of one Bon Jellico young man always held a special place and relevance in the memories of the families with Bon roots.
  Charles Gibb Stout grew up in Bon Jellico. He was the seventh son of a seventh son. Therefore, some ‘old timers’ at Bon believed that he possessed special gifts such as healing thrush by blowing in the throat of the sick person and “….there were always people coming by the house to touch Gibb which embarrassed him very much..”. Despite his mystical qualities and the attention, Gibb was a child of the 20th Century and a member of the Greatest Generation. He was a good student (attending Bon Jellico School and graduating from Williamsburg High School) and was an excellent athlete. Tall and slender, like all the Stout men, he was a superb basketball player. “…Basketball was on his mind day and night…I knew because my bedroom was next to his and I could hear him call plays and encouragement to team mates all night in his dreams…. Gibb had offers of athletic scholarships to several Kentucky colleges….but we were at war and nothing would do but for him to go fight ‘Ole Hitler’…. ” John Stout, Gibb’s older brother, was an instructor in the paratroopers; he knew the danger and tried to convince Gibb not to enlist until after college. But Gibb graduated from high school, visited friends and family in Whitley, Bell, and Harlan Counties to say goodbye, volunteered, and became a paratrooper.
   A cross stands in the American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy with the name Charles G. Stout and the date June 6, 1944. Gibb was lost in France in the D-Day invasion.

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