Born July 10, 1901 – Died January 16, 1977
Daniel Vincent Gallery was born in Chicago
Illinois to Daniel Gallery and Mary Josephine Onahan. His grandfather
Daniel J Gallery - reputed to have been a shipbuilder - was born in Ennistymon
Co Clare, in approx 1839, and emigrated to the USA with his wife Mary
Dan entered the US Naval Academy in Annapolis,
Maryland in 1917. He graduated a year early and competed on the US wrestling
team in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. He saw extensive action in World War
II with his biggest achievement being the capture of the German U-boat
505 in 1944, the only U- boat to be captured and pulled into harbour,
now on display in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Captain Dan Gallery aboard U-505
Dan’s three younger brothers also
had naval careers. Two rose to the rank of Admiral - William O. Gallery
and Philip D. Gallery. John Ireland Gallery was a naval chaplain. Dan
was also a naval aviator. He flew seaplanes, torpedo planes and amphibians.
He won first place at the National Air races in a torpedo plane in the
late 1930s. In 1941, while the U.S. was still neutral, he was assigned
as the Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in the UK.
Admiral Gallery and The Steel Band
Admiral Gallery's final command was the10th Naval District,
Puerto Rico from December 1956 to July 1960. During this command, with
the help of the Rotary and Lions clubs, he established the first Little
Leagues in Puerto Rico. It was there that he first heard the steel bands.
He established the first all-American and the only military steel band
in 1957. The Tenth Naval District Steel Band – or Admiral Dan's
Pandemoniacs, became the ‘US Navy Steel Band’ and toured the
world as ambassadors of the U.S. Navy until 1999.
Admiral Gallery was retired from the Navy in 1960. He died at the Bethesda
Medical Centre on January 16, 1977, at the age of 75. He was buried with
full military honours in Section 3 of Arlington Military Cemetery, beside
two of his brothers.
The guided missile frigate ‘USS Gallery’ was named for Daniel
V. Gallery and two of his brothers, Rear Admiral William O. Gallery and
Rear Admiral Philip D. Gallery.
Gallery Park in Glenview Illinois is named after him. The park is located
at the former site of the Naval Air Station.
Admiral Gallery - Humourist
Dan Gallery wrote many humorous fiction books and also some books on Naval
Among his non-fiction books are: ‘Clear the Decks’ (Morrow,
1951), ‘U-505’ (original title: ‘Twenty Million Tons
Under the Sea’) (1956), ‘We Captured a U-boat’ (Popular
Book Club, 1958), ‘The Pueblo Incident’ (Doubleday, 1970),
‘Eight Bells’ (original title: ‘Eight Bells And All's
Well’) (Norton, 1965).
Among his fiction books are ‘Now, Hear This!’ (Paperback Library,
1966) ‘Stand By-y-y to Start Engines’ (Norton, 1966), ‘Cap'n
Fatso’ (sequel to ‘Now, Hear This’) (Norton, 1969),
‘Away Boarders’ (sequel to ‘Cap'n Fatso’) (Norton,
1971), ‘The Brink’ (Warner Books, 1973).
- Letters from his brother Fr. John Ireland
of Science and Industry Chicago
of Naval Steel band
See also Admiral
Gallery's Wikipedia entry