With U-boat in Tow
Dan Gallery cut a colorful path during his 44-year naval career. His parents decreed that three of their four sons would go into the Navy and the fourth would enter the church. “Three of us eventually turned out to be rear admirals,” he remembered. “The other one went straight; he’s a priest.”
At age 16, Gallery entered the U.S. Naval Academy at the onset of U.S. involvement in World War I. He graduated a year early, in 1920. He was a good student, wrestled at 125 pounds, won most bouts by falls, and went on to the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. “I didn’t do too well in the Olympics. I met a Finn there who was just a little too much for me to handle,” he noted.
Gallery’s Naval Institute oral history covers his early service in the USS Delaware (BB-28) to his 1956-1960 role as Commander, Caribbean Sea Frontier—where he established the Navy’s first steel-drum band, “Admiral Dan’s Pandemoniacs.” Ever fearless, his capture of the German U-boat U-505 and his writings as part of the post-World War II “Revolt of the Admirals” stand out.