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Urban Niblo, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal With oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, W.W.I. Service Medal, Army of Occupation and Pre-Pearl Harbor ribbons, N. African Theater with 7 stars and arrowhead, World World War II Service Medal; Silver Star (Korean Conflict, 1950); also decorated by Italy, France, England, Mexico, and Brazil and Korea.


Niblo, Urban was born on November 20, 1897 in Galveston, Texas, United States. Son of Henry Grady and Anna (Fahner) Niblo.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1919. Graduate Field Artillery School, basic course, 1920, Ordnance School, 1928. Bachelor of Science in Mech.

Engineering and Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute, Technology, 1928.


Commissioned second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, United States Army, 1919, advanced through the grades to brigadier general, 1944. Served with Army of Occupation in Germany, 1919. Post ordnanace officer, Scofield Barracks, Hawaii, 1923-1926.

Chief, experimental and research div., Springfield (Massachusetts) Armory, 1928-1930, armory inspector, 1930-1932. Executive officer, chief small arms div., Office Chief of Ordnance, 1932-1935. Executive officer to ordnance officer, 8th Corps Area, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1936-1939.

Chief of ordnance publications, Superintendent General Supply and Ammunition, Raritan (New Jersey) Arsenal, 1939-1941. Ordnance officer, II Corps, 1942-1943. Participated in initial landing North Africa and advanced into Tunisia, 1942.

Army ordnance Commander, Fifth Army, 1943-1945. Participated in landing at Salerno, Italy, 1943, and then advanced northward in Italy. Chief ordnance officer Medtierranean Theater, VE to VJ Day.

Ordnance officer, 4th Army, 1945-1946. Chief ordnance officer Far East Command, Tokyo, 1946-1951. Chief ordnance officer United Nations Command, 1950-1951.

Ordnance officer Army Field Forces, 1952-1954. Deputy commandant Industrial College of Armed Forces, since 1954.


Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Army Ordnance Association, Heroes of ’76. Mason, Sojourner.


Married Katharine Louise Earle, June 8, 1921. Children: Virginia Fahner (Mistress.

Henry Grady Niblo

Anna (Fahner) Niblo

Katharine Louise Earle

Virginia Fahner (Mrs Niblo