Gallery, Daniel Vincent, born 10-07-1901 in Chicago, Illinois,
the son of Daniel Vincent Gallery (born Chicago, July 19, 1865), lawyer, and Mary Onahan Gallery, writer. In 1917, at the age of 16, Gallery entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated a year early, in 1920, and competed in the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp on the U.S. wrestling team. Daniel had three younger brothers, all of whom had careers in the U.S. Navy. Two brothers, William Onahan Gallery
and Philip Daly Gallery
, also rose to the rank of rear admiral. Rear Admiral William Gallery retired from the United States Navy in June 1955. He died in 15-11-1981, age 77 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Philp retired from the navy in 1958. He died in 29-11-1973, age 66 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. The fourth brother, John Ireland Gallery, was a Catholic priest and Navy chaplain. Their grandfather Daniel, born about 1839, emigrated to the U.S. from Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland, in the mid- to late- 1800s.
Daniel entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated a year early, in 1920, and competed in the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp on the U.S. wrestling team. In 1941, while the U.S. was still neutral, he was assigned as the Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Great Britain. While in Britain, he earned his flight pay by ferrying Spitfires from the factory to RAF aerodromes. He liked to claim that he was the only U.S. Navy aviator who flew Spitfires during the Battle of Britain,
but they were unarmed. In 1942, Gallery took command of the Fleet Air Base in Reykjavík, Iceland where he was awarded the Bronze Star for action against German submarines. It was there that he first conceived his plan to capture a U-boat. In 1943 Captain Gallery was appointed commander of the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal. On April 9, the task group sank U-515
, commanded by the top U-boat ace Kapitänleutnant Werner Henke
. On 04-06-1944 the task grop crossed paths with U-505 and hit the U boat deadly. Keeping the U-boat from sinking immediately, the boarders retrieved the sub’s Enigma coding machine and current code books. This was a primary goal of the mission because it would enable the code breakers in Tenth Fleet to read German signals in clear, without having to break the codes first. Captain Gallery received the Distinguished Service Medal for capturing U-505. He also received a blistering dressing-down from Admiral Ernst Joseph King
Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Gallery was forced to retire from the Navy in 1960 when he was found medically unfit for service.
Death and burial ground of Gallery, Daniel Vincent.
He died at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center on 16-01-1977 at the age of 75. He is buried with his wife Vera, born Dunn, who died age 98 in 2000, with full military honors in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. Close by the graves of the Lieutenant General, Charles Bonesteel
, Commander of the 25th
Infantry Division, Maxwell Murray
, Major General. Commander, 7th Armoured Division, Truman Boudinot
and Major General, adviser MacArthur, Corps Engineers, Hugh Casey
General, Anthony Clement “Nuts” McAuliffe
the Bastogne defender, 1* Brigadier General, Assistant Commanding General 78th
On December 22, 1944 a German delegation sent out by the German General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur XXXXVII Panzer Division
, Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz
demanded that the Americans surrender. McAuliffe, certain that victory was near, crumpled the letter, shouting “Aw – Nuts!” said. This became a catchy word. (McAuliffe himself would later say that he had said “Shit.”). Colonel Harry William Osborne Kinnard
advised Nuts as a an answer His officers decided to put this in writing and so Colonel Joseph Harper,
with an interpreter, brought the Germans a letter that read: To the German commander NUTS! The Germans did not understand this and asked for a verbal explanation. The interpreter replied: “Go to hell.” A few days later, Bastogne was relieved
by General Georg Smith “Old Blood and Guts” Patton
rapidly advancing division. For his actions in Bastogne, McAuliffe was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,
the second highest award in the United States Army. McAuliffe became Commander in Chief of U.S. forces in Europe in 1955. He retired in 1956 and died on 11-08-1975. Colonel Joseph Harper survived the war and died 29-01-2005 (age 91) in Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA. He was cremated.
John Kirkland Rice
, Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff, Hugh Drum
, Lieutenant General, 3rd Service Command and Deputy, Manton Eddy
, Lieutenant General, Quartermaster U.S. Army, Thomas Larkin
and Marine Corps General, Iwo Jima-Guadalcanal-Okinawa, Randolph Pate
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