Guide to the Gordon D. Gayle Papers, RG 026

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2003

Date Span:

0.5 cubic feet

Number of Boxes:
1 Letter Doc Boxes

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Brigadier General Gordon Donald Gayle was born on September 13, 1917 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Mauricen Rowe and Frances Madge (Wright) Gayle. He attended Southern Methodist University from the fall of 1934 to the spring of 1935 and the United States Naval Academy from the fall of 1935 until his graduation in 1939. After he left the academy he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. During the Second World War, Gayle was a battalion commander and in 1944 was involved in the Peleliu campaign. He served as operations and plans officer for the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War and afterwards became commanding officer of the 9th Marine Regiment at Okinawa in 1962. In 1963, Gayle served as chairman of long range study committee for the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. From 1968 until his retirement he was a senior staff member at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. He was the President and a Board of Trustee member for the Marine Military Academy at Harlingen, Texas. He was also a member of the Marine Corps Association, the Marine Corps Historical Foundation, and the Army Navy Country Club. (Who's Who in the East, 1991-1992)

Scope and Content:
Consists of preliminary drafts of a history of the Peleliu campaign during World War II, intended for use in an official United States Marine Corps history. Gordon D. Gayle's drafts contain some judgments and conclusions that were not included in the official published history.

Item list:
Box 1

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