Gerald P. Pulley

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Gerald Paul Pulley
Tsingtao, China 1949.jpg
Pulley (foreground with camera) as photographer in China, 1949
Born October 25, 1922
King City, MO
Died March 31, 2011[1]
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Residence Virginia Beach, VA
Nationality American
Occupation Government Photographer
Known for Photography
Board member of National Association of Naval Photography (former)
Spouse(s) Mary Virginia Pulley

Gerald P. Pulley (October 25, 1922 – March 31, 2011) was an American photographer noted for his work with the United States Navy.[1]


Pulley's Navy career included serving under Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, during the U.S. classified South Seas exploration aboard the USS Concord from September 5, 1943 through November 24, 1943, [2] serving in China aboard the USS Princeton as part of the last official task force to close out the military activities in that area, various missions during World War II [3] , Korean War and Vietnam War, and serving as the Officer in Charge of the Fleet Air Photographic Laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Pulley also served as the Military White House Photographer to President Harry S. Truman following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During the famous “Whistlestop” tour of 1948, Pulley followed the President’s campaign, covering 32,000 miles in 33 days. Following Truman’s reelection, Pulley left his position with the White House but returned in January 1952 to document the meeting between President Truman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard the USS Williamsburg. His "Oral History Interview" can be viewed through the Harry S. Truman Library website.

Pulley has been given the title, "Mr. Navy Photographer" [4] by his peers and was the founder of the "National Association of Naval Photography." He was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge (for over 60 years) and often gave presentations to various Masonic Lodges on his days at the White House with former Mason President Truman. Pulley's work is listed in Eyes of the Navy: A History of Naval Photography by George Carroll, LCDR, USN(Ret)

Personal life[edit]

Pulley died on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at age 88. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Virginia Pulley, whom he married on January 6, 1943. They have three children and four grandchildren.


  1. ^ a b "Gerald Pulley Obituary: View Gerald Pulley's Obituary by The Virginian-Pilot". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  2. ^ Giberson, Art (2000). Eyes of the Fleet, A History of Naval Photography. Wind Canyon Books, Inc. p. 73. ISBN 1-891118-38-2.  (Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition and South Seas exploration)
  3. ^ Giberson, Art (2000). Eyes of the Fleet, A History of Naval Photography. Wind Canyon Books, Inc. pp. acknowledgments; pages 57 (W.W.II). ISBN 978-1-891118-38-8. 
  4. ^ Giberson, Art (2000). Eyes of the Fleet, A History of Naval Photography. Wind Canyon Books, Inc. p. 112.  (Joint Chief Photographer's Roundup 1984)