Lee S. Gerow

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Lee Saunders Gerow
Lee S. Gerow.jpg
Born (1891-03-29)March 29, 1891
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died May 19, 1982(1982-05-19) (aged 91)
Washington, D.C., United States
Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, United States
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1916–1948
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit USA - Army Infantry Insignia.png Infantry Branch
Commands held 3rd Battalion, 379th Infantry Regiment
338th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2)
Relations Leonard T. Gerow (brother)

Brigadier General Lee Saunders Gerow (March 29, 1891 – May 19, 1982) was a decorated United States Army officer with service in World War I and World War II. He was the younger brother of General Leonard T. Gerow.

Early military years[edit]

Lee was born on March 29, 1891, in Petersburg, Virginia, as a son of Leonard Rogers Gerow and Annie Eloise Saunders. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated on June 18, 1913. Gerow did not enter the Army immediately, but first was appointed a commandant of Bingham Military School in North Carolina. Subsequently, he spent some time as assistant commandant of Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee, before he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Regular Army on November 30, 1916.

He was assigned to the 36th Infantry Regiment in 1916 and was stationed on the Mexican border at Del Rio, Texas during the Pancho Villa Expedition. He was also promoted to the rank of first lieutenant dating back to the November 30, 1916. Subsequently, he was transferred to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, where he was appointed a company commander. He was also promoted to the rank of captain in the next year.

Gerow was promoted to the rank of major on September 26, 1918 and transferred to the Camp Sherman, Ohio, where he assumed command of 3rd Battalion of the 379th Infantry Regiment. Here Gerow assisted in training of newly activated 95th Infantry Division, which was prepared for deployment overseas. On 11 November, the Armistice with Germany was signed, ending the hostilities. The division's deployment was cancelled and it was demobilized in December 1918.

In January 1919, Gerow was called to Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Army Finance Office. His new task was to take charge of the payment of the Bonus granted by Congress to the all honourably discharged soldiers who had served between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 in the World War. He stayed in this capacity until June 1920.

Interwar service[edit]

Gerow was subsequently sent overseas, where he was assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces, where he was appointed a commanding officer of the Visitors Bureau, stationed in Koblenz, Germany.

World War II[edit]

At the beginning of World War II, Lee Gerow was appointed a commander of the newly activated 338th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 85th Infantry Division under the command of Major General John B. Coulter. The regiment, which was stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, conducted the Basic infantry training until the end of the year 1943.

He was also promoted to the rank of brigadier general in that year and was also appointed Assistant commanding general of the 85th Infantry Division.

Medals and decorations[edit]

Here is the ribbon bar of Brigadier General Lee S. Gerow:

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Silver Star
2nd Row Legion of Merit Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster Mexican Border Service Medal
3rd Row World War I Victory Medal Army of Occupation of Germany Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal
4th Row European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four service stars World War II Victory Medal French Croix de guerre 1939-1945 with Palm Italian War Cross for Military Valor