William O. Gallery
|William Onahan Gallery|
June 22, 1904|
|Died||November 15, 1981(aged 77)|
|Buried||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1925-1955|
|Commands held||USS Chicago
Naval Air Station Guantanamo
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Merit
Rear Admiral William Onahan Gallery (22 June 1904 – 15 November 1981 ) was a United States Navy admiral — one of three brothers who became United States Navy admirals. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was a naval aviator who served with distinction in combat during World War II.
William Onahan Gallery was born on 22 June 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Daniel Vincent Gallery (born Chicago, July 19, 1865), lawyer, and Mary Onahan Gallery, writer. Gallery entered the United States Naval Academy in 1921, the second of three brothers who would graduate from the Naval Academy.
In 1930, Gallery reported for flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After nine months of training, he was awarded his wings as a naval aviator and assigned to Patrol Squadron 6 until 1933. He then transferred as an aviator to the USS Omaha, where he served until 1935.
From 1935 to 1937, he served at the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Then from 1937 to 1939, he served in Fighter Squadron 6 on the USS Enterprise. His last assignment before World War II at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.
In 1941, at the start of World War II, Gallery served on the staff of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid where he participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz; and then was based at Guadalcanal where he served in combat with the First Escort Carrier Task Group.
On return to the States, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and took command of the USS Chicago. He followed this command with duty at Eglin Air Force Base; after which he was commanding officer of the USS Siboney, then the Naval Air Station Guantanamo, Cuba. This was followed by an assignment as Deputy Chief of Naval Operation (Air), then command of the USS Princeton in 1950.
William O. Gallery's brothers who were also Navy Rear Admirals:
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- "USS Gallery (FFG 26)". Retrieved 2007-05-27.
- "William Onahan Gallery, Rear Admiral, United States Navy". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
- "Rear Adm. William O. Gallery; A Navy Veteran of Two Wars". New York Times. November 18, 1981. Retrieved 2007-05-21.