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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,