He was court-martialed and dismissed the next year for conduct unbecoming an officer.
The few records regarding Gale say he was a drunken womanizer who verbally abused his staff.
Other entries cite his courage in bucking the Secretary of the Navy, who disliked Gale and countermanded his orders whenever possible, making the Commandant Gale appear ineffective.
Whatever the case, after Gale was dismissed, he moved with his wife, Emily Gale Campbell, to Lincoln County, where Emily Gale was from. The disgraced former commandant failed as a farmer and spent the next 15 years trying to get his conviction reversed, blaming his bizarre behavior on temporary insanity.
For once, Gale was successful.In 1835, the government partially cleared him and awarded him a stipend of $15 a month, which was later increased to $25.
Despite Gale's checkered military career, Harmon feels he should be remembered with a black granite monument inscribed with Gale's name and rank, recognition that he was the Marine Corps's fourth commandant, and the Corps' globe-and-anchor insignia. Appearing at the bottom of the memorial will be the words Semper Fi, (always faithful), the Marines' motto.
Harmon, who lives in Garrard County and is a member of the Marine Corps League in Lexington, has received permission from Judge Executive Buckwheat Gilbert to install the monument on the courthouse square, but first Harmon must defray the cost of the $5,000 monument.
Until then, Harmon says he'll keep looking for the grave of Gale, who died in Lincoln County in 1843. Harmon feels the grave could be located in the Walnut Flats area, where Gale lived. He said he'll resume his search this winter, "when the snakes go back underground," because the area is heavily overgrown.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so by sending a check (non-tax deductible) to: Anthony Gale Memorial Fund, c/o First Southern National Bank, 103 Vincent Drive, Stanford, KY 40484.