Rear Admirals Daniel, Philip and William
USS GALLERY was named after three brothers, Daniel, Philip and William
Gallery, all of whom served in World War II, and subsequently obtained
the rank of Rear Admiral.
Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery (1901-1977)
Rear Admiral Daniel Vincent Gallery earned for himself a special niche
in Navy history on 4 June 1944, when a task force he was leading
captured the German submarine, U-505, off the West Coast of Africa. It
was the only German submarine ever boarded and captured by U.S. Forces,
and the first foreign man-o-war captured by the U.S. Navy since 1815.
Because of the havoc the dreaded U-boats had created for Allied Forces
during World War II, the capture was hailed as a major coup for the
Navy and American Intelligence.
Admiral Gallery was a former Assistant Chief of Naval Operations and
former Commander of the Hunter-Killer Force, Atlantic. During World War
II, he earned the Bronze Star Medal for combat achievements as
Commanding Officer, Fleet Air Base Iceland, and the Distinguished
Service Medal for daring and skillful command of an anti-submarine task
group built around his escort aircraft carrier USS GUADALCANAL, which
sank three enemy submarines in the Atlantic before capturing the German
submarine, U-505. Task Group 22.3 was awarded the Presidential Unit
Citation in recognition of this remarkable achievement.
The German submarine is now a major exhibit at the Museum of Science
and Industry in Chicago, IL.
Admiral Gallery served on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval
Operations from September 1944 until June 1945. He subsequently
commanded the aircraft carrier USS HANCOCK, and then served as
Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He held several other key
commands before retiring in 1960.
Admiral Gallery was also a writer, and during his lifetime wrote eight
books and numerous articles, that combined his insight as a seasoned
Navy veteran with humor. Not only did he write funny tales of the sea,
but also penned serious essays and commentaries on the need for a
Famed American novelist Herman Wouk once said, "Daniel V. Gallery is a
writer of humor and adventure, who somehow got diverted into becoming
an admiral of the line in the United States Navy."
Admiral Gallery's "diversion" earned him the admiration and respect of
his countrymen, and a permanent spot in history.
Rear Admiral William Onahan Gallery
Rear Admiral William O. Gallery was born in Chicago 22 June 1904, and
attended school there until he was appointed to the United States Naval
Academy in 1921. He was commissioned an Ensign in 1925, and assigned to
duty in the battleship USS NEW MEXICO until 1927. He was then assigned
to duty on the USS FARRAGUT, being detached in 1930 with orders for
flight training at Pensacola, Florida.
RADM Gallery completed his training and won his wings in nine months.
He was then attached to Patrol Squadron 6. In 1933, he was transferred
to the cruiser USS OMAHA as Naval Aviator, serving in that capacity
until 1935. from 1935 to 1937 he was assigned to duty in the
Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory in Washington, D.C. In 1937 he was
assigned as a fighter pilot with Fighter Squadron 6 aboard the USS
ENTERPRISE, and from 1939 to 1941 was stationed at the Naval Air
At the start of World War II, he was ordered to the Staff of Admiral
Kincaid, and, with the staff, he participated in the Battle of Santa
Cruz, and was later based ashore at Guadalcanal. On Guadalcanal, he saw
action with the First Escort Carrier Task Group. He later joined the
famous Black Cats (PBY night raiders) based on the USS HALF MOON (AVP
26). He devised a method of "knocking-off" Japanese night raiders, for
which action he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Returning to the United States, he was assigned to the USS CHICAGO as
Commanding Officer. He was promoted to the rank of Captain immediately
prior to taking command of the CHICAGO. After his tour of duty on the
CHICAGO, RADM Gallery was attached to NATTS at Eglin AFB, in the
All-Weather Flying Hangar. His next duties in succession were as
Commanding Officer of the USS SIBONEY, Commanding Officer, Naval Air
Station, Guantanamo, Cuba, and as Deputy Chief of Naval Operation
From the Bureau he took command of the USS PRINCETON (recommissioned)
on 28 August 1950 at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, and retired in June
Rear Admiral Philip D. Gallery (1907-1973)
Rear Admiral Philip Daly Gallery was one of the heroic destroyer men of
World War II. Like his brother, Rear Admiral Daniel Gallery, he was a
graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to service in the Pacific
during World War II, he earned the Legion of Merit for his foresight
and leadership in the organization and administration of the
Anti-Aircraft Training Test Center at Dam Neck, VA.
On 29 December 1943, he took command of the destroyer USS JENKINS,
earning a second award of the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars for
distinguished service and combat achievements during the Marshalls, New
Guinea, Philippine, and Borneo Campaigns.
After World War II, he commanded Destroyer Division 72; was Executive
Officer of the Naval Powder Factory; and commanded the Fleet oiler USS
PASSUMPIC. In 1950, he became Officer in Charge of the Gunfire Support
School, then commanded the cruiser USS PITTSBURGH from June of 1953
until December of 1954. He later served as commander of the Surface
Anti-Submarine Detachment, and served on the staff of the Commander of
Operational Development Force of the Atlantic Fleet until his
retirement in 1958.
At the time of his death in 1973, he was associated with the Florida
Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
The colors, green and gold, and the
rampant lions have been adapted from a personal device of the Gallery
family. The lions, symbolic of courage and strength, face in different
directions, indicating that the brothers, for whom this ship is named,
RADM Daniel V. Gallery, RADM Philip D. Gallery, and RADM William O.
Gallery, served in both theatres of operation during World War II. The
stars allude to their many awards, and denote excellence and
achievement. The crossed swords, adapted from the Officer and Enlisted
badges, allude to Naval Combat Operations.
The Crest: Blue and gold are the
traditionally associated with the Navy. The upraised arm in green and
gold is an adaptation from the Gallery family device. The collared and
chained sea- wolf symbolizes the only capture of a U-boat from the
German "wolf packs" during World War II. The crest also symbolizes the
curbing and destruction of enemy sub activities in the Pacific Theatre.
MOTTO: MANU FORTI "With a Strong Hand".