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Captain T. J. Gallagher, Jr., '
Past Commanding Officer
Captain Thomas J. Gallagher, Jr. attended
Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, and was
commissioned an Ensign, 16 July 1941, after
earning the wings of a Naval Aviator at the
Naval ,Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, in the
Navy's Aviation Cadet Program.
The Captain's first tour of duty was with
VF-72 as assistant flight 'officer where he was
promoted to Lieutenant Qjunior gradej in Sep-
tember 1942, During this tour Captain Gallagher
was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and
two Air Medals for his participation in the
Battles of Santa Cruz and Guadalcanal. It was
at the Battle of Santa Cruz, that VF-72's car-
rier base USS HORNET was lost. As a Lieu-
tenant, Captain Gallagher was aflight instructor
with VFOTU-1. He saw two tours as Executive
Officer of VFB-151 and VFB-17. Promotion to
Lieutenant,Commander came in October 1945,
while with VFB-17. A
After completing General Line School in
May 1947, the Captain served as Executive
Officer of VF-2B and in August 1943, assumed
command of VF-23. In 1949 he reported for a
tour of duty at Naval Air Station, Patuxent
River, Maryland with the Test Pilot Training
Center and Armament Test Facility. .
Duty on the staff of Commander Carrier
Division Six as assistant operations officer was
next. The Captain was promoted to Commander
in July 1953 and assumed the job of Staff Oper-
From April 1954 to June 1955, he served
as operations and development officer with
VX3. After duty in Flight Test at NATS Patuxent
River and a period as a student at the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces, Captain Gallagher
became Executive Officer and Commanding Of-
ficer of VX3.
In June 1959 he reported for duty as Execu-
tive --Officer of the attack carrier, USS HANCOCK.
The Captain attained his present rank in
July 1960, and served on the faculty of the In-
dustrial College of the Armed Forces for two
years, From June 1962 to January 1964, he
was Deputy Chief of Staff of Commander Oper-
ational Test and Evaluation Force in Norfolk,
Virginia. Captain Gallagher then assumed com-
mand of the ammunition ship, USS MT. BAKER,
until March 1965.
After a brief period of helicopter training,
Captain Gallagher took command of the USS
PRINCETON on 19 June 1965.
Captain Gallagher and his wife, the former
Jeanne Crowley of Boston, Massachusetts, have