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Phantom Blooper
10-16-05, 06:26 AM
Fourth Commandant <br />
3 March 1819 - 16 October 1820 <br />
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Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Gale, fourth Commandant of the Marine Corps and the only one ever fired, was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 17...

03-06-07, 12:43 PM
Hi, Phantom~ this is my first post, and I joined, in fact, to see if it's just me or does it seem strange to anyone else that the 4th Commandant of the Marine Corps was granted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant at the age of 15, if that is his correct birthdate? He became a 1st Lieutenant at the age of 18 or 19 and married then, too. He made Captain at 21 or 22; Lieutenant Colonel Commandant at 36. The article in the March print edition of Leatherneck says he was 69 in 1834, but if the birthdate is right, he was only 51 in that year, when his son William married and his wife was deeded a tract of land from her sister. This made him only 60 or 61 when he died in 1843.
I found this article intriguing, being interested in both the Corps and genealogy. It is unfortunate that we don't even know where the grave of this remarkable man is.