Fort Gillem in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Enlisted as a Private in the 17th Infantry in 1910 at Ft. McPherson, Georgia and returned after 37 years of service spanning the globe from China and Siberia to Europe and Mexico, to serve as Commanding General, Third U.S. Army from Dec. 1947 to Aug. 1950. Gen. Gillem retired after forty years of active military service at Ft. McPherson, the same fort at which his distinguished career began. He continued to serve his fellowman through national, state, and civic organizations for the remainder of his dedicated lifetime.
Born: Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 8, 1888
Died: Atlanta, GA., Feb. 13, 1973
Location. 33° 36.933′ N, 84° 20.317′ W. Marker is in Fort Gillem, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of Flankers Road and Ashmore Road, on the left when traveling east on Flankers Road. Click for map. The markers stands at the entrance to Gillem Enclave, the remaining military portion of the former Fort Gillem. The remaining part of the former fort is now the property of the city of Forest Park, which is planning to redevelop the area. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Park GA 30297, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the Flankers Road (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hood Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Iverson Gate (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Hood Avenue (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wheeler Drive (approx. 1.6 miles away); McIntosh Gate (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hardee Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Morrow, Georgia (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Gillem.
Regarding Fort Gillem. General Gillem came from a family with an extensive military history. His grandfather, Alvan Cullem Gillem, was a Brevet-Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War. His father, Alvan Collom Gillem, was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Cavalry. Gen. Gillem had two sons, Alvan Cullem Gillem II, was a Lt. General in the U.S. Air Force. His other son, Richard D. Gillem, was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army.
Also see . . . General Gillem. Gen. Gillem and his wife are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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