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Shannon Fielding Gibbs (born 1955 – died February 25, 1991) was the only child of Joann and Mac Fielding. She was also the first wife of Marine Gunnery Sergeant-turned-NIS/NCIS Special Agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the mother of Kelly Gibbs.



Shannon grew up in the small town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1955 (as seen on her gravestone when her husband/widower visits her grave on her birthday in Date With Destiny).

During summer before her senior year of high school, she worked at Ellen’s Dress Shop.

Despite being from the same town, Shannon only properly met Leroy Jethro Gibbs while waiting for a train in summer of 1972 on the way out of town and the two quickly became good friends, eventually dating.

In 1980, Shannon became engaged to Gibbs. The pair married in December of 1981, having a daughter they named Kelly sometime in 1982.

In 1991, her husband was fighting in Desert Storm in Kuwait. At the same time, she witness a shooting of a Marine in Oceanside, and she identified the killer as Pedro Hernandez, a Mexican drug dealer working out of Camp Pendleton. Shannon agreed to testify against him. An NIS agent was assigned to protect her and Kelly, but Hernandez shot the agent in the head while he was driving. Special Agent Kurt Mitchell was killed instantly. Shannon and Kelly were both killed in the following car crash.

Shannon passed away at thirty-five years old.

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She is shown in flashbacks to be happily horseback riding with her husband and daughter on the beach, doing other family activities with them, and is the inspiration for Gibbs' list of rules, having created a set of her own prior to meeting Jethro.

Physical Appearance

Shannon was a woman of above average height, standing at 5ft7. She had red hair and blue eyes.