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Commander Leary, a native of New York
City, graduated from Fordam University in 194O
and was accepted for NROTC training at
Northwestern University. He was commissioned
in April 1941, and began his Naval career as
Q "black shoe" by serving aboard the USS
COLORADO as Third Division Officer.
ln December 1942, he received orders to
fiight training at Pensacola, and in September
1943 received his wings, and orders to the
Aleutian Theater, where he fiew patrols in
After WWII, he was assigned as an
instructor at the NROTC Unit at Cornell
University where he met his future wife. ln
October 1948, they were married and are now
residing in San Mateo, Calif.
Commander Leary has served with the
Bureau of Ordnance, Fleet Air Wing FOURTEEN,
Air Transport Squadron EIGHT and as
Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron
Prior to reporting to the "Sally" he was
assigned to the Patrol Design Branch ofthe
Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C.
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COMMANDER W.J. LEARY, USN
AND OUR "EXECS"
CAPTAIN E.W. BERGSTROM
Captain Bergstrom served as Excecutive
Officer onthe USS SALISBURY SOUND from 18
April 1958 until the 1st of Febuary 1959.
"Commander Bergstrom" as we know him was
selected for Captain and was detached as XO
of the "Sally" and ordered to the office of
Chief of Naval Operations.
His Naval career began in 1939 following
graduation from the University of Minnesota.
He was accepted for Naval Flight Training and
reported to Pensacola, Florida and upon
graduating received his wings and commission
Most of Captain Bergstroms' World War ll
service was in patrol squadrons operating from
the Philippines and Aleutians. His heroic efforts
during the early part of the war won him the
Distinguished Flying Cross.
Prior to reporting aboard the "Sally" he
served as Navigator aboard the USS SOLOMON,
Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of
Naval Science and Tactics, NROTC Unit,
University of Utah. lt was during this latter
tour of duty that his wife presented him with
twins4Tommy and Bobby. He and Mrs.
Bergstrom, the twins, and two daughters, Chris
and Susan, are now residing in Annapolis,
lt was with sincere regret that that the
"Sally " saw "Commander Bergstrom " leave as
Exec and assume his new duties in Washington,
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CAPTAIN R. L. FOWLER, USN
Captain Fowler, Commanding Officer of the USS SALISBURY SOUND lAV-131,
graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the commission of Ensign in 1936.
His first duty was aboard the USS LEXINGTON where he served as Gunnery and
Division Officer until 1938.
In 1938 Captain Fowler began flight training at Pensacola, Florida and graduated
with his wings ten months later in June, 1939. From Flight School, Captain Fowler
received orders to the USS WASP. During War ll he also served aboard the USS
INDEPENDENCE and the USS KITKUM BAY. He fought in every major Pacific battle
from Midway to Okinawa. While Commanding Officer of VC-5 Squadron aboard
the USS KITKUM BAY, he was decorated with the Navy Cross for duty performed
in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Strictly a carrier pilot, Captain Fowler has 496 carrier
landings to his credit.
His last shipboard duty before coming to the USS SALISBURY SOUND in August
1958 was aboard the USS LEYTE where he served as Executive Officer in 1954.
He was Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air immediately prior
to reporting to the USS SALISBURY SOUND. Recently Captain Fowler received orders
as Commanding Officer of the USS ESSEX.
Captain Fowler wed Miss Mederies Coburn of Seattle, Washington in 1938.
They have three children, Dianne, 19, Julia, 9, and Richard, 5. They make their
home at Los Gatos, California.
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CAPTAIN T. O. MURRY, USN
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REAR ADMIRAL P. P. BLACKBURN JR.,USN
While rn Western Pacific waters the " Sally " was the flagship
lor Rear Admiral PP. Blackburn Ji., Commander, Taiwan Patrol Forcef
Fleet Arr Wing ONE, and his staff,
Rear Admiral Blackburn is a graduate ol the Naval Academy,
Class ol l93O, and was designated a Naval Aviator in l932. He
commissioned Patrol Squadron 2Ol in June i942 and served as
Commanding Officer of that squadron. Alter a tour of duty in the
Bureau ol Aeronautics, he reported aboard the USS RANDOLPH as
Navigator and later served as Executive Officer. He has served as
Chief ot Stott to Commander Carrier Division FOUR and Head ofthe
Special Vveapons and Psychological Warfare Branch, Strategic Plans
Division at the OPnce of the Chief of Naval Operations. Rear Admiral
Blackburn was appointed to his present rank on 24 January i958
and that some month assumed his present important duties. He is
married to the former Miss Moulden of Washington, D.C., and has
two sons, Paul ltt and William. He and Mrs Blackburn reside on
Okinawa at the present time.
Captain Murray assumed the duties of Chief of Staff, Taiwan
Patrol Farce Fleet Air Wing One l August l958 He entered the
U.S. Navy in July i935 at the Naval Air Station, Anacostia,
Washington, D.C., reporting for flight training. He served aboard
the USS YORKTOWN upon receiving his commission as a Naval
Aviator. During WWII he served as Commanding Officer of various
squadrons. From i948 to i958 he has served as Chief of Staff and
Commanding Officer, Naval Operating Base, Naval Air Facility, Adak,
Alaska, as director of technical publications in the Bureau of Aero-
nautics, Operations Officer Hawaiian Sea Frontier, and as Com-
manding Ofhcer, Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 5l. He is married
to the former Anne C. Mc Craw, and has four children, Thomas
lr., Michael, Peter and Kathryn. He and his family reside on Okinawa.
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