Julius W. Gates

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Julius W. Gates
SMA Julius Gates.jpg
SMA Julius W. Gates
Nickname(s) Bill
Born (1941-06-14) June 14, 1941 (age 75)
North Carolina
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1958-1991
Rank US Army E-9 SMA old.svg Sergeant Major of the Army
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantry Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab

Julius William Gates was the eighth Sergeant Major of the Army. In July 1987, he was sworn in and he served until his term ended four years later in June 1991. He was born in North Carolina on June 14, 1941.

Military career[edit]

Sergeant Major of the Army Gates entered the United States Army on August 12, 1958 and attended initial training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He served three tours in Germany, two combat tours in Vietnam, and a tour in the Republic of Korea.

His stateside assignments include duty with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, the 1st Ranger Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, the Virginia Military Institute of Lexington, Virginia and Fort Bliss, Texas. Sergeant Major Gates has served in numerous non commissioned officer leadership positions, including as first Commandant of the 24th Infantry Division NCO Academy at Fort Stewart, GA. Before being appointed as the SMA he served as Command Sergeant Major of the 2d Armored Division (Forward), the Command Sergeant Major of the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Forces Korea.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gif Master Parachutist Badge
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Marksman Badge with one weapon clasp
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Good Conduct Medal with 5 silver loops
Army of Occupation Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with service star
Award numeral 5.png NCO Professional Development with award numeral 5
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 5.png Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 5
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal

2005 recipient of the Doughboy Award from the National Infantry Association.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Wexford Group Sergeants Major Gates currently works for the Army Research Institute at the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group (JRTC OPS GRP) and is often out in the field showing outside agency’s the training conducted at the JRTC so they can help improve the training for the U.S. Army.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".
The Sergeants Major of the Army, Daniel K. Elder, Center of Military History, United States Army Washington, D.C. 2003.

Military offices
Preceded by
Glen E. Morrell
Sergeant Major of the Army
Succeeded by
Richard A. Kidd