Gordon D. Gayle
|Gordon Donald Gayle|
Gordon D. Gayle
|Born||September 13, 1917
|Died||April 21, 2013 (aged 95)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1939–1968|
|Commands held||Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan|
Legion of Merit
Gayle graduated from Sunset High School, Dallas Texas in 1934. Gayle briefly enrolled at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, before transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the academy on June 1, 1939 and received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant.
On American's entry into World War II, Gayle—promoted to captain in May 1942—sailed to Wellington, New Zealand, with the 1st Marine Division. From there he participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal. He subsequently served during the battles of New Britain and Peleliu.
As Executive Officer, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Gayle saw combat during the Korean War. During that conflict he received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for exceptionally meritorious service.
Medals and decorations
According to Gayle's official biography:
"A complete list of the general's medals and decorations includes: the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit with Combat 'V' and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat 'V', the Navy Commendation Ribbon with Combat 'V', the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with two stars indicative of second and third awards, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation."
|Navy Cross||Legion of Merit w/ valor device and gold star|
|Bronze Star with valor device||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor device||Purple Heart||Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ two bronze stars|
|American Defense Service Medal||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ silver star||World War II Victory Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal w/ one bronze star||Korean Service Medal w/ two bronze stars||United Nations Service Medal||Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation|
- "Gordon D. Gayle, WWII hero and Marine Corps brigadier general, dies at 95". The Washington Post. May 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- "Official Biography: Brigadier General Gordon D. Gayle - Retired," U.S. Marine Corps Web site, https://slsp.manpower.usmc.mil/gosa/biographies/rptBiography.asp?PERSON_ID=514&PERSON_TYPE=General, accessed 7 June 2010.
- Gordon D. Gayle, Bloody Beaches: The Marines at Peleliu, Nation Park Service Web site, http://www.nps.gov/archive/wapa/indepth/extcontent/usmc/pcn-190-003137-00/sec12.htm, accessed 7 June 2010.