In 1930, Gallery reported for flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After nine months of training, he was awarded his wings as a naval aviator and assigned to Patrol Squadron 6 until 1933. He then transferred as an aviator to the USS Omaha, where he served until 1935.
From 1935 to 1937, he served at the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Then from 1937 to 1939, he served in Fighter Squadron 6 on the USS Enterprise. His last assignment before World War II at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.
In 1941, at the start of World War II, Gallery served on the staff of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid where he participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz; and then was based at Guadalcanal where he served in combat with the First Escort Carrier Task Group.
On return to the States, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and took command of the USS Chicago. He followed this command with duty at Eglin Air Force Base; after which he was commanding officer of the USS Siboney, then the Naval Air Station Guantanamo, Cuba. This was followed by an assignment as Deputy Chief of Naval Operation (Air), then command of the USS Princeton in 1950.
The USS Gallery (FFF-26) is named in honor of the three Gallery admirals — William, Phillip, and Daniel.
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