General Alfred M. Gray
General Alfred M. Gray is a former Commandant of
the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps,
Washington, D.C. General Gray enlisted in the Marine
Corps in 1950. He served overseas with FMF, Pacific,
attaining the rank of sergeant before being commissioned a
second lieutenant in April 1952. Early tours included service
with 11th and 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in
Korea, the 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division at Camp
Lejeune, N.C., and Headquarters Marine Corps,
Washington, D.C., during which he saw service in
Guantanamo Bay and Vietnam.
As a major, General Gray joined the 12th Marines, 3d
Marine Division, Vietnam in October 1965, serving concurrently
as regimental communications officer, regimental training
officer, and artillery aerial observer. He took command
of the Composite Artillery Battalion and U.S. Free World
Forces at Gio Linh in April 1967. In September 1967,
General Gray was reassigned to the III Marine Amphibious
Force in Da Nang where he commanded the 1st Radio Battalion elements throughout I Corps until February 1968.
|Following a brief tour in the United States, he returned to
Vietnam from June to September 1969 in conjunction with
surveillance and reconnaissance matters in the I Corps area.
After his Vietnam tour, General Gray served as
Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines,
Battalion Landing Team 1/2; the 2d Marines; the 4th
Marines; and Camp Commander of Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.
| While commanding the
33d Marine Amphibious Unit
and Regimental Landing Team-
4, and concurrently serving as
Deputy Commander, 9th Marine
Amphibious Brigade, General
Gray directed the Southeast Asia
evacuation operations in1975.
Advanced to brigadier general
in March 1976, General Gray
served as Commanding General, Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic, and the 4th
Marine Amphibious Brigade. Promoted to major general in
February 1980, he assumed command of the 2d Marine
Division, FMF, Atlantic, and the 4th Marine Amphibious
Brigade. Promoted to major general in February 1980, he
assumed command of the 2d Marine Division, FMF,
Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C., in June 1981. Following his
promotion to lieutenant general on Aug. 29, 1984, he was
reassigned as commanding General, FMF, Atlantic/
Commanding General, II MAF, and Commanding General,
FMF, Europe. General Gray was promoted to general and
became Commandant of the Marine Corps on July 1, 1987.