U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Gale, Anthony

Fourth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Born in Ireland on Sept 17, 1782, as a young Marine officer serving in the Ganges he had been struck by a Navy junior officer whom he “called out” and shot. The action was deemed honorable by Commandant William Burrows. Following the death of Commandant Wharton in 1818, the position was filled in an acting capacity by Adjutant and Inspector, Brevet Major Samuel Miller, and later by Brevet Major Archibald Henderson. Gale’s short tenure as Lieutenant Colonel Commandant was punctuated with the dislike of the Secretary of the Navy who charged him in a court martial. The specifications included, “being intoxicated in common dram shops and other places of low repute.” He pleaded not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, but was found guilty and sentenced to dismissal from the service. He died circa 1843 and his burial location is unknown. He also remains the only Commandant for whom no likeness exists.


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