Military History--World War II
Gen. Leonard T. Gerow Papers
Manuscript #0100

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Collection Summary
The manuscript collection consists of documents and photographs (ca. 120 items) from the military career of U.S. Army General Leonard Townsend Gerow (b. 1888 d.1972). Includes correspondence with General Dwight D. Eisenhower; autobiographical material; speeches (1945-1948); photographs. Gerow was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1911; commanded the 29th Infantry Division in Europe, 1942-43; and in July 1943 was named commander of the V Corps, which he lead in all its operations from the landing on Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944, to 15 January 1945. Material complementary to this collection is located in his VMI alumni file. For additional information about these papers, consult the detailed guide. 

Selected full text documents and images 

VMI cadetship: Gerow's letter accepting appointment to VMI 

View Eisenhower correspondence, including:
  • 1941 July 28, (G) to Eisenhower (E)
  • 1942 April 19, G to E
  • 1942 July 16,E to G
  • 1943 Feb 15, G to E
  • 1943 Feb 24, E to G
  • 1945 July 13, E to G
View Photographs, including:
  • Gerow as VMI Cadet, 1911
  • Gen. George C. Marshall (VMI Class of 1901) with General Staff,
    Washington DC, 1941; Gerow is at far left.
  • Gerow visits ranger training in Scotland, Barnard Castle, Feb. 1944.
  • Gerow, Dec. 1944, Battle of the Bulge
  • Walking with Gen. Eisenhower, ca. 1945.
  • Receiving decoration from Gen. Eisenhower, ca. 1945
  • Receiving French Legion of Honor, March 1945.