Honors to Fourth Commandant on Marine Corps Birthday at Stanford, Kentucky

Honors to Fourth Commandant 2012

Stanford, Kentucky: November 10, 2012: Each year on the Birthday of the Marine Corps (November 10), the graves of all Commandants of the Marine Corps and Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps are decorated by Marines, at the direction of the sitting Commandant of the Marine Corps. Although the actual grave of Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Anthony Gale has never been located, historians do know that the 4th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1819-1820) retired to Lincoln County, Kentucky, following his Marine Corps career, where he died in 1843. In recent years, several unsuccessful efforts have been made by the Marine Corps to locate Commandant Gale’s final resting place. On March 6, 2010, the Marine Corps League, Department of Kentucky, embraced the legacy of LtCol Anthony Gale, USMC, and dedicated a monument to his memory on the grounds of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Stanford, Kentucky. In accordance with the Commandant's directive, Marines from Military Police Company "A," Lexington, Kentucky, ceremoniously placed a wreath at the aforementioned monument. Participating in the ceremony this year were 1stLt Christopher D. Katz, USMC, Inspector Instructor; 1stSgt Antonio M. Acosta, USMC; LCpl Stephen Grose (Bugler); and Sgt Ryan Turner, USMC (Photographer). (Additional information concerning LtCol Anthony Gale, USMC can be found in "Legends" section. Additional photographs of the 2012 wreath laying ceremony at Stanford, Kentucky, have been included in the "Galleries" section.)