The capture of the German U-505 was one of the most extraordinary stories to emerge from the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. The U-505 was the first enemy man-of-war to be captured on the high seas since the capture of the British brig, HMS Nautilus, in the War of 1812. Robert McLaughlin’s book follows Captain Daniel V. Gallery, USN, a naval aviator and master of anti-submarine warfare, in his commands of PBY Squadrons VP-73, VP-84 and Hunter Killer Task Group 22.3. Gallery was determined to capture a German U-Boat on the surface and salvage the intelligence prizes. The U-505 was forced to the surface by HKTG 22.3 on June 4, 1944 and captured. “The Capture of the U-505: A Legion of Heroes” is a tribute to the courageous heroes, civilian and military, men and women who employed ingenious methods to counter enemy intelligence and tactics and who exhibited amazing bravery in risking their lives to defeat the enemies of the free world during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Bob describes himself as a patriot. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1957. He had a successful business career: he was the CEO of two NYSE companies and served on the Board of Directors of three public companies and two private companies. Bob and his wife Kathie reside in Tiburon, California.
Autographed copies of The Capture of the U-505: A Legion of Heroes will be available for $15, and the author will give a donation of $5 for each book sold to the NOUS San Francisco Commandery.
PLAN OF THE DAY
1130 - Gather and Greet
1200 - Call to Order
· Pledge of Allegiance - CAPT Stan Ellexson
· Grace – LCDR Art Curtis, Commandery Chaplain
· Introduction of Flag Officers – Commandery Commander
· Introduction of Guests - SF Companions
· Medical Minute – CAPT Tom Snyder
· Membership Report – RADM Tom Andrews
1210 - Announcements – Give any announcements you have to the Commander
1215 - Lunch
1240 - Guest Speaker – Mr. Bob McLaughlin, “The Capture of the U-505”
1325 - Raffle
1330 – Continue with Speaker Q&A (leave if you need)
1345 – Adjourn