Gerow, Leonard T.
Leonard T. Gerow was born July 13, 1888 in Petersburg, VA. He attended the Virginia Military Institute, where he was elected class president three times. He was the honor graduate of 1911, which meant that he was commissioned a lieutenant without having to take the exam.
In World War I, Col. Gerow was in the Signal Corps, and was in charge of purchasing radios for the AEF in France and Belgium. In 1924, Gerow attended the Infantry School at Fort Benning. In 1926, Gerow was study partner with Dwight Eisenhower at Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Gerow became a brigadier general in October 1940. He was transferred to Washington, D.C., as the Assistant Chief of Staff in charge of the War Plans Division. As a major general, Gerow commanded the 29th Infantry Division and in 1943 was put in charge of the V Corps which landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and he was the first Corps commander to land in Europe during Operation Neptune. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1945.
After the war, he was the commander at CGSC in Fort Leavenworth, and then the commander of Second Army at Fort Meade, MD. He retired from the Army in 1950. He was appointed a full general in 1954 by a special act of Congress.
He died Oct. 12, 1972, in Petersburg, VA, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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