Daniel Vincent Gallery, Jr., USN

Born  10 Jul 1901Chicago, USA
Died  16 Jan 1977(75)Bethesda Naval Medical Center


30 Jun 1935 Lt.Cdr.
16 Aug 1940 Cdr.
20 Jun 1942 T/Capt.

Retired: 1960


1942 Bronze Star

Warship Commands listed for Daniel Vincent Gallery, USN

USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60)T/Capt.Escort carrier25 Sep 194316 Sep 1944 (1)
USS Hancock (CV 19)T/Capt.Aircraft Carrier7 Sep 194510 Dec 1945

Career information

Captain Daniel Vincent Gallery, Captain of the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal, commanding US Navy Task Group 22.3 captured U-505 off the coast of West Africa on June 4, 1944.

Captain Gallery was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. in the 1920s, following which he underwent flight training at the naval flight school in Pensacola, Fl.

In 1942 he commanded the Fleet Air Base in Reykjavik, Iceland where he was awarded the Bronze Star for combat operations against the U-boats.

In September 1943 he was appointed Commanding Officer and commissioned USS Guadalcanal. Under his command, the USS Guadalcanal Task Groups sank U-544, U-68, U-515, and captured U-505, for which the Task Group was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and Captain Gallery the Distinguished Service Medal.

In September 1944 he was appointed staff to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations after which he served as Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. Attaining the rank of Rear Admiral, he became Asst. Chief of Naval Operations and held several other key commands, including Carrier Division Six during the Korean War. He retired in 1960.

He made his home in Oakton Va. and was a prolific writer on naval subjects, both factual and fictional, having written 8 books and numerous magazine articles. He also carried on a lively correspondence with a number of his former opponents in the German U-boat arm.

He died at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in January 1977 at the age of 75.

Events related to this officer

Escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60)

16 Jan 1944 (position 40.30, -37.20)
German U-boat U-544 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of the Azores, in position 40°30'N, 37°20'W, by depth charges and rockets from Avenger aircraft (VC-13) of the US escort carrier USS Guadalcanal.

10 Apr 1944 (position 33.24, -18.59)
German U-boat U-68 was sunk north-west of Madeira, Portugal, in position 33°24'N, 18°59'W, by depth charges and rockets from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (VC-58).

Media links

Hunt and Kill

Savas, Theodore

($ 30.25)

Twenty Million Tons under the Sea

Gallery, Daniel V., RAdm., USN, ret.

Admiral Dan Gallery

Gilliland, C. Herbert and Shenk, Robert

Clear the Decks!

Gallery, Daniel V. Rear Admiral U.S.N. (ret.)

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