Galer, Robert, BGen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
Last MOSGroup
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Primary Unit
1954-1957, 9907, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1936 - 1957

Brigadier General


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine BGen Robert Galer.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Frisco, Texas

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 2005
Location of Interment
Texas State Cemetery - Austin, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec.1.Row B, #13

 Official Badges 

Commander In Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) USMC Retired Pin (20 Years)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Robert Galer was promoted to BGen upon his retirement on July 31, 1957.  He lived a long and productive retirement passing away at the age of 91 on June 27, 2005.
Other Comments:
1.  BGen Galer was also awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the Solomon Islands Campaign in 1942.

 2.  In 1945, while serving as the Training Officer of the Landing Force Air Support Control Units (LFASCU's) LtCol Galer made three D-day landing in 65 days.  First Came Iwo Jima.  He was able to witness the Mt. Surabachi flag raising.  Second was the landing in the Philippines.  Third was the Okinawa landings. 

 3.  BGen Galer scored 13 air victories ("kills") in WWII.
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  1942-1943, 7302, VMF-224

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May / 1942
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May / 1943
VMF-224 Unit Page
7302-Pilot VMF
Solomon Islands
 VMF-224 Details

Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 224 was commissioned on 1 May 1942 at Barbers Point, Hawaii. Flying Grumman F4F Wildcats, the Bengals entered WWII as part of the vaunted Cactus Air Force stationed on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Led by Medal of Honor recipient Maj Robert Galer, the squadron accounted for over sixty Japanese aircraft being destroyed in less than two months. The squadron also conducted infantry support missions while under constant attack from Japanese Naval, Air, and Ground Forces. VMF-224’s superb performance contributed significantly to the American victory at Guadalcanal, which in turn, helped stem the tide of the Japanese advance across the Southern Pacific and secured a crucial foothold in the long island-hopping campaign to Japan.

After Guadalcanal, the squadron was refitted with the Vought F4U Corsair and participated in the Marshall Islands Campaign. The spring of 1945 found VMF-224 participating in the last great battle of the Pacific Campaign. Arriving on Okinawa one week after the battle had begun, the squadron operated for the duration of the campaign from the newly captured airfield at Yomitan. Throughout the desperate struggle for Okinawa, the Bengals flew infantry support and counter air missions accounting for an additional fifty-five enemy aircraft being destroyed.

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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
11 confirmed victories.

Chain of Command
"Cactus Air Force".

My Photos For This Unit
VMF-224  Guadalcanal  (1942-1943)
14 Members Also There at Same Time

Lucas, William Francis, Capt, (1941-1943) 75 7598 Captain
Brown, Edward Taggart, 1stLt, (1942-1943) 75 7598 First Lieutenant
Gay, William Mundell, 1stLt, (1942-1943) 75 7598 First Lieutenant
Kunz, Charles M, Col, (1940-1967) 75 7598 First Lieutenant
Bryans, Charles Edwin, 2ndLt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Jefferies, Robert Arden, Capt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Jones, John Monteath, Capt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Lees, Willis Sherman, Capt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Thompson, Gordon Eugene, 2ndLt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Thompson, Gordon Eugene, 2ndLt, (1941-1942) 75 7598 Second Lieutenant
Garrabrant, Clifford Donally, SSgt, (1939-1942) 75 7598 Staff Sergeant
Dudding, James Donald, Sgt, (1942-1944) 60 6000 Sergeant
Lester, Sam, CPL, (1942-1948) 60 6012 Corporal
McMullen, Patrick Joseph, Sgt, (1942-1945) OF Corporal
King, Jackson, SSgt, (1942-1946) Private

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