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Admiral Dan Gallery : the life and wit of a Navy original
Gilliland, C. Herbert.
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Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

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xv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Best known for his dramatic capture of U-505, Gallery was a man of strong character and sharp wit who never shied from controversies during his brilliant naval career.

Author Notes

C. Herbert Gilliland is a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and a professor in the English department at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida
Robert Shenk, a retired Naval Reserve captain is an English professor at the University of New Orleans, where he has taught since 1985. After earning a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, he taught at the Air Force and Naval Academies

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Booklist Review

Almost as entertaining as its subject, this is the story of a true twentieth-century navy original, Rear Admiral Daniel V. Gallery. Mixing conventional biographical narrative with excerpts from Gallery's abundant writings, fictional and nonfictional, the book makes it abundantly clear that, although capturing the German U-505 in 1944 and lobbying to have it preserved in Chicago in 1954 were the admiral's finest achievements, they weren't the only ones. Gallery was an Olympic wrestler; an early naval aviator; a charismatic and effective commander of units of many sizes, including a carrier task group; a gifted writer, especially of humor; and a stormy petrel on behalf of his beloved navy and, particularly, its carriers--and the foreword by novelist Herman Wouk, Gallery's friend, cites a few additional dimensions. A welcome portrait of a man who added much to the effectiveness of the U.S. Navy and to the amount of fun in the cosmos. --Roland Green

Table of Contents

Herman Wouk
"Admiral Dan": A Reminiscencep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
An Irish Childhood in Chicagop. 1
One of the Great Names of the Navyp. 10
Three Years at Annapolisp. 13
Fighting the Secretary's Sonp. 23
Gallery as a Blackshoep. 26
Number One Turret on the USS Idahop. 37
From Pensacola to "The Gun Club"p. 40
Hanging By His Toep. 59
Private Lifep. 61
Two Tough-Willed Irishmenp. 64
Camp Kwitcherbelliakinp. 77
From "Our Hot War for Iceland"p. 86
Command of the USS Guadalcanalp. 97
Attack on Panamap. 105
"Away Boarders!"p. 110
From "We Captured a German Sub"p. 114
Gallery and "The Revolt of the Admirals"p. 132
From "If This Be Treason--"p. 152
Admiral at Seap. 158
From "Mediterranean Rescue"p. 168
Admiral Ashorep. 181
Little League in San Juanp. 201
Autobiographerp. 205
From "The Suicide of Cszhech"p. 219
Fiction Writerp. 233
"Water Shortage"p. 247
Controversialist: Admiral Firecrackerp. 263
From "What Price Human Life?"p. 280
Epiloguep. 291
"St. Brendan's Day Eve"p. 291
Notesp. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Indexp. 323