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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
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Captain Tazewell Shepard,Jr. f
Present Commanding Officer
Captain.Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr. as- A
sumed command of the amphibious assault
ship USS Princeton at Cam Rahn Bay, Viet
Nam on June 16, 1966. Captain Shepard came
to Princeton with a distinguished naval career
highlighted by the years 1961 to 19.64 when he
served as Naval Aide to the late President John
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Captain
Shepard is a 1942 graduate of the U. S. Naval
Academy. As a junior officer, he saw consider-
able action in the Pacific Theatre of World War
Two aboard the cruiser USS San Francisco. In
the process, the Captain was awarded the Navy
Cross, the Presidential Unit Citation and the
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine battle
In the immediate post-war years, the Cap-
tain underwent flight training at the.Naval Air
Stations at Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola,
Florida. From 1949 until 1952, Captain Shepard
attended the Naval Post Graduate School and the
University of California at Los Angeles where
he received his Master of Science degree in
Applied Physics. From then until 1960 he un-
dertook a variety of assignments, most of them
in Naval Aviation, including command of Heavy
In 1964 Captain Shepard completed his tour
in the White House and was given his first com-
mand at sea--the fleet oiler USS, Aucilla. From
1965 until assuming command of Princeton, the
Captain served with the Office of the Secretary
of the Navy in Washington, D. C., where he was
a member of the Retention Task Force.
4 Among his other achievements, the Captain
is the author of a book published in November,
1965, entitled JOHN F. KENNEDY, MAN OF THE
Captain Shepard is married to the former
Julia Ann Sparkman of Huntsville, Alabama,
daughter of Senator and Mrs. John Sparkman.
They have one son, Tazewell III, born January 8,
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