According to family spokesman and fellow Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton, a memorial service will be held in Dallas on Thursday and the General's funeral and internment will be in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. There was cremation.
General Galer, shown above with Roy Grinnell's portrait of Joe Foss, who also received the Medal of Honor in the skies above the Solomon Islands in 1942. General Foss died New Years Day 2003.
Ironically, Gen. Galer's first shots of WWII were fired from a Springfield '03 rifle at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. A captain at the time, Galer had been ordered to Hawaii the previous March and was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Oahu.
A recipient of the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous other decorations, Galer was credited with downing 11 Japanese aircraft while leading is squadron to a remarkable 27 kills in 29 days over the Solomons. General Galer was shot down several times and crash landed during combat that included the Korea War; this prompted his son on one occasion to quip that perhaps the General might be considered an "enemy ace" as well.
Nine of the 11 Medals of Honor to WWII Marine Corps aviators were for action in the Solomon Islands-Guadalcanal Campaign.
Galer's death leaves 121 surviving Medal of Honor Recipients, and Jim Swett and Jeff DeBlanc as the only surviving Marine Medal of Honor aviators.
In retirement Gen. Galer and his wife Sharon lived in Frisco Texas and were well-known and respected in the Lake Kiowa-Gainesville Texas where they had a summer home.
He was a kind and gentle man who made his mark on the Marine Corps, the Allied victory in the Pacific Campaign and on a generation of young Navy and Marine fliers who would serve in the skies over Vietnam.
General Galer's biography: