Galer, Robert, BGen

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

Brigadier General

 
 

 Last Photo 
 Personal Details 

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Seattle
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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Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Oct 4, 2012
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

7th Marine Regiment

4th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8)

1st Marine Regiment

1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)

1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)

2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)

6th Engineer Support Bn

6th Marine Division

VMF-314

3rd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6)

5th Marine Regiment

1st Bn, 29th Marine Regiment (1/29)

10th Marine Regiment

3rd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (3/22)

2nd Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (2/22)

1st Bn, 22nd Marine Regiment (1/22)

4th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)

4th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)

VMA-542

1st Combat Engineer Bn

3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)

2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)

VMF-422

2nd Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2)

1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)

MAG-14

2nd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)

2nd Separate Engineer Bn

2nd Marine Division

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  1049 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aiken, Luther L, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Akins, Robert R, Cpl, (1943-1946)
  • Albanese, John, Sgt, (1943-1951)
  • Amato, Michael R, Cpl, (1942-1946)
  • Amo, Raymond, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Anderson, Alvin B, CPL, (1944-1951)
  • Apache, Jimmie, PFC, (1944-1946)
  • Arceneaux, Arthur J, LtCol, (1944-1965)
  • Arndt, Augustus Little, Capt, (1942-1945)
  • Arnold, James, PFC, (1943-1946)
  • Ash, David Dale, TSgt (Grade 2), (1943-1957)
  • Austin, Arthur James, 1stLt, (1944-1945)
  • Backalukas, George John, CPL, (1943-1945)
  • Bailey, Herman P, PFC, (1942-1946)
  • Baker, Raymond Douglas, 2ndLt, (1944-1945)
  • Baker, William Orval, 1stLt, (1943-1945)
  • Barcry, William George, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Barnes, Nathanael
  • Baulch, Clyde F, Cpl, (1942-1946)
  • Beaudry, Joseph James, SSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Begay, Notah, PFC, (1943-1945)
  • Begaye, Fleming David, Pvt, (1943-1945)
  • Benad, Harvey L, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Berkeley, Robert, Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Bernath, Francis Joseph, PFC, (1942-1945)
  • Biben, Andrew Charles, TSgt (Grade 2), (1942-1945)
  • Birney, Malcolm MacDonald, 1stLt, (1943-1945)
  • Bitsie, Peter John, Pvt, (1944-1946)
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