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Gill, William Hanson (1886-1976)


Photograph of General William Gill

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Gill commanded 32 Division at Aitape during the Battle of the Driniumor River. Here his perceived lack of aggressiveness probably ruled him out in the minds of Krueger and MacArthur for promotion to command of a corps.

Gill later commanded the division in the Philippines campaign, at Leyte and Luzon. Here he was hospitalized for exhaustion after he had physically abused a number of officers and enlisted men, and likely retained his command only because of the patronage of Griswold.

Service record

1886-8-7     

Born in Virginia
1907

Graduates from Virginia Military Academy
1912-4
Second lieutenant     

1918-6
Major
Commander, 1 Battalion, 6 Regiment

Lieutenant colonel     
Commander, 1 Battalion, 39 Regiment
1936

Commander, 27 Regiment
1940-7    
Colonel     
Chief of staff, 8 Division
1941-11-5     
Brigadier general     
Commander, 55 Brigade
1942-6
Major general
Commander, 89 Division
1943-2-13    

Commander, 32 Division
1946-2

Retires
1976

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2009-2-13)

Pettibone (2006)

Taaffe (2011)

32nd-Division.org (accessed 2013-8-31)


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