One of the U.S. Navy’s most celebrated feats of World War II was the 4 June 1944 capture of U-505, complete with enigma machines, codebooks, and bags of official communications. Much of the credit goes to Captain Daniel V. Gallery, commander of Task Group 22.3—a “hunter-killer” group composed of his flagship, the escort carrier Guadalcanal (CVE-60), and five destroyer escorts. After TG 22.3 sank U-515 on 9 April 1944, Gallery planned to capture the next U-boat he encountered and ordered that each of his group’s ships organize boarding parties.1
1. Samuel Eliot Morison, The Atlantic Battle Won: May 1943–May 1945, vol. 10, History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1956), 282, 290.
2. CAPT Daniel V. Gallery, USN, “Capture Nazi Submarine U-505,” recorded 26 May 1945, World War II Oral Histories, Interviews and Statements, RG 38, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.
3. CDR Frederick S. Hall commanded Escort Division Four.
4. Torpedoman Third Class Arthur W. Knispel and Radioman Third Class Stanley E. Wdowiak.