Julius W. Gates
8th Sergeant Major of the Army
Julius W. Gates, the eighth sergeant major of the Army was sworn in on July 1, 1987, and served until his term ended in June of 1991. He was born in North Carolina on June 14, 1941.
Julius (Bill) William Gates entered the United States Army on Aug. 12, 1958, and attended initial training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He served three tours in Germany, two combat tours in Vietnam, and a tour in the Republic of Korea.
His stateside assignments include duty with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.; the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga.; the 1st Ranger Battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga.; the Virginia Military Institute of Lexington, Va.; and Fort Bliss, Texas. Gates has served in numerous noncommissioned officer leadership positions. Highlights of his assignments are: command sergeant major of the 2nd Armored Division (Forward); the command sergeant major of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy; and the command sergeant major of U.S. Forces Korea/Eighth sergeant major of the Army.
Gates's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V Device and (with Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.