PAPERBACK EDITIONThe Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the US Marine Corps (1987-1991): General Alfred Mason Gray Read the review in Marine Corps GazetteRead the review in LeatherneckThe Journey of a Warrior
tells the inspiring story of a truly unique Marine who became a brilliant combat leader and achieved international prominence.
General Alfred Mason Gray, US Marine Corps, was a loner by nature, and many of his peers considered him to be a maverick. At the same time, having established himself as a military intellectual of remarkable insight, he became an icon to service personnel of all ranks, as well as many prominent defense officials, politicians, and scholars. General Gray was a critical force behind the changes needed to prepare Marines for the new millennium. He is now recognized as one of the finest commandants in fifty years. The Journey of a Warrior
brings to the fore the journey of a most unusual individual: a warrior, a leader, a thinker, and a patriot. It is not written as a biography but rather as a retrospective of a unique Marine whose impact on his institution was both untraditional and perhaps underappreciated. The Marine Corps is better for his unselfish and dedicated journey to faithfully serve his country.
Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC Retired, Marine Corps Historian Emeritus, appears to have best captured General Gray's character when he wrote, "General Al Gray is imaginative, iconoclastic, articulate, charismatic, and compassionate. His Marines love him."About the Author
Now retired, Colonel Gerald H. Turley, US Marine Corps, enlisted during the Korean War, served two tours in the Vietnam War, was wounded in action, and received thirteen personal combat decorations. He served as a special consultant to two Secretaries of the Navy and six Commandants of the Marine Corps from 1987 to 2010. He and his wife, Bunny, reside near Hilton Head, South Carolina.