Historic Markers Across Georgia

Fort Gillem

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Location: at the intersection of Flankers Road and Ashmore Road, Fort Gillem, Forest Park, GA
County: Clayton
Coordinates: N 33° 36.933    W 084° 20.317
  33.61555    -84.33861666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
Fort Gillem Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Named in honor of Lt. Gen. Alvan C. Gillem, Jr.

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

Fort Gillem
Photo by David Seibert