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Leonard T. Gerow papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0100
The collection consists of documents and photographs (approximately 120 items) from the military career of U.S. Army General Leonard T. Gerow. The collection includes correspondence with General Dwight D. Eisenhower, autobiographical material, speeches (1945 to 1948), and photographs. Material complementary to this collection is located in Gerow's student/alumni file, which is located in the VMI Archives.


  • 1911-1970


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Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright holders. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission from the VMI Archives. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.


0.50 cubic feet : Approximately 120 items

Biographical / Historical

1888 July 13
Born in Petersburg, Virginia to parents Leonard Rogers Gerow and Annie Eloise Saunders.
Graduated from VMI and Commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Served with 19th Infantry and subsequently 37th and 57th Infantry. Stationed in Kansas, South Dakota, Texas, and Vera Cruz, Mexico.
1918 April-1919 October
Signal Corps Officer, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), France. Officer in charge of purchasing and disbursing.
Commanding Officer, Signal Corps School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
1921-1941 December
Served successively in Washington DC, the Phillippines, and China. During this period, Gerow graduated from the Advanced Course, Infantry School, Fort Benning (1925), the Command and General Staff School (1926), and the Army War College (1931).
1941 December-1942 February
Named Chief of War Plans Division and Assistant Chief of Staff.
1942 February
Named commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Fort George Meade, Maryland.
1942 October 29
Division to England.
1943 July
Named Commanding General, Fifth (V) Corps.
1945 January 15
Assumed command of the Fifteenth Army, European Theater.
1945 October
Returned to the United States and was assigned as Commandant of the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1948 January
Assumed command of the Second Army, with headquarters at Fort George Meade, Maryland.
1950 July 31
Retired as a lieutenant general.
1954 July
Appointed as a four-star general by an act of Congress.
1972 October 12
Died at age 84 in Fort Lee Army Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia.

Physical Location

Manuscripts stacks and oversized case 2
A Guide to the Leonard T. Gerow Papers

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450