Gul­ley, W. L. “Bill”

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For­mer Di­rec­tor of the White House Mil­i­tary Of­fice, W. L. “Bill” Gul­ley b. Nov. 16th 1922 d. Feb. 24th2012. Mr. Gul­ley grew up poor on a dirt farm in the “Lit­tle Egypt” area of south­ern Illi­nois and was raised there dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. He joined the Ma­rine Corps in 1939 where he served aboard Naval con­voy ships es­cort­ing war ma­te­rial to Eng­land be­fore the U.S. en­tered WW Two and then af­ter Pearl Har­bor served with the 1st Ma­rine Di­vi­sion in the Pa­cific where he was wounded on Guadal­canal. He went on to serve in the Korean War where he won the Pres­i­den­tial Unit Ci­ta­tion and later in his mil­i­tary ca­reer was de­ployed with Ma­rine Air Group 14 to the Florida Keys dur­ing the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis. In 1966 he was se­lected to serve as Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tor in the Mil­i­tary Aides of­fice in the East Wing of the White House and sub­se­quently served Pres­i­dents, John­son, Nixon, Ford and Carter and even­tu­ally rose to be­come the Di­rec­tor of the White House Mil­i­tary Of­fice where he was also Emer­gency Ac­tions Of­fi­cer and Pres­i­den­tial Li­ai­son. He had com­mand and con­trol of Air Force One, Ma­rine One, Camp David, the White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Agency and the Mil­i­tary Aides to the Pres­i­dent. He was also re­spon­si­ble for the White House Med­i­cal Unit, the Spe­cial Pro­grams Of­fice, the White House Bomb Shel­ter, the White House Garage and the White House Staff Mess. Mr. Gul­ley was of­fi­cially re­tired from the Ma­rine Corps in 1968 and at the time of his ap­point­ment to head the Mil­i­tary Of­fice was the first civil­ian ever to hold that po­si­tion at the White House. He left the White House dur­ing the Carter Ad­min­is­tra­tion to start an in­ter­na­tional con­sult­ing firm, ISI, in Washington DC with of­fices in London and Cairo and served as it’s pres­i­dent. In 1980 Si­mon & Schus­ter pub­lished his best sell­ing-book, Break­ing Cover, about his White House ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing for four Pres­i­dents. Mr. Gul­ley had a won­der­ful sense of hu­mor and a pro­found love for peo­ple and life and his friends and col­leagues will not soon for­get his loy­alty, com­mit­ment, ser­vice and “can do” at­ti­tude he brought to all of his en­deav­ors. He truly was an ex­em­plary mem­ber of what has been called Amer­ica’s “Great­est Gen­er­a­tion” and he leaves be­hind a proud and lov­ing fam­ily. Mr. Gul­ley died peacefully at his South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home and is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife Nancy, three of his four sons, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. Please sign the Guest­book www.legacy.com/wash­ing­ton­times

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