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Lee Saunders Gerow
|Born||March 29, 1891|
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
|Died||May 19, 1982 (aged 91)|
Washington, D.C., United States
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, United States
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1916–1948|
|Commands held||3rd Battalion, 379th Infantry Regiment|
338th Infantry Regiment
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
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.
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.
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.
Here is the ribbon bar of Brigadier General Lee S. Gerow:
|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|