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Leslie E. Gehres, American naval officer. Awarded Navy Cross, Legion of Merit (twice), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Victory Medal, American Defense Medal with bronze star, Pacific-Asiatic Theatre Medal with 3 bronze stars, North American Theatre Medal.


Gehres, Leslie E. was born on September 23, 1898 in Newark, New York, United States. Son of Charles Peter and Phebe Ann (Thomas) Gehres.


Student United States Naval Academy, 1918. Naval aviator, Naval Aviation School, Pensacola, Florida, 1927.


1 daughter, Leslie Virginia. Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1918, and advanced through grades to commodore, July 1943. Re-appointed, captain 1944.

Commander Fleet Air Wing Four in Aleutians and North Pacific operations, 1941-1944. Commander United States Ship Franklin which was nearly destroyed by Japanese, 1945, commanding officer, United States Naval Air Station, San Diego, California, 1945-1949. Retired as rear admiral, 1949.

Director public and community relations, San Diego (California) Employers Association, from May 2, 1949. Vice president industrial relations Westgate-California Corporation, San Diego, from 1971. President, California Association Republican County Chairman 1967-1971.

Presidential appointee American Battle Monuments Commission, from 1969. Chairman San Diego County Republican Central Committee and member Executive Committee California State Republican Central Committee, from 1971. Trustee California Maritime Academy, from 1971.


Clubs: San Diego, San Diego Country, Princess Anne (Hunt, Virginia).


Married Rhoda Elizabeth Cooley, June 16, 1923.

Charles Peter Gehres

Phebe Ann (Thomas) Gehres

Rhoda Elizabeth Cooley