Antone Gallaher was born on August 19, 1909, in Augusta, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1928, and completed basic training at NTC Norfolk, Virginia, in August 1928. His first assignment was aboard the light cruiser USS Cincinnati (CL-6) from August to October 1928, followed by U.S. Naval Academy Prep School at Norfolk from October 1928 until he was accepted into the Naval Academy in July 1929. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 1, 1933, and then served as a Watch and Division Officer aboard the cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) from June 1933 to December 1935. LtJg Gallaher next attended the Submarine School at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from January to June 1936, followed by service as Communications Officer, Assistant Engineering Officer, and Assistant Approach Officer aboard the submarine USS R-11 (SS-88) from June to December 1936. He served as Gunnery Officer, Torpedo Officer, and Communications Officer aboard the submarine USS S-37 (SS-142) from February 1937 to May 1939, and then as Navigator, and Engineering and Electrical Officer aboard the submarine USS R-4 (SS-81) from July 1939 to February 1942. LCDR Gallaher next served as Commanding Officer of the submarine USS R-13 (SS-90) from February 1942 to April 1943, and then attended Prospective Commanding Officer School at Submarine Base New London from May to June 1943. He served as Commanding Officer of the submarine USS Bang (SS-385) during her fitting out at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine, from July to December 1943, and took command of her at her commissioning on December 4, 1943. LCDR Gallaher commanded USS Bang during her 5 war patrols in the Pacific from December 1943 to March 1945, followed by service in the Sonar Division of the Electronics Section with the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon from April 1945 to September 1947. His next assignment was on the staff of the Commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet aboard the submarine USS Queenfish (SS-393) from October 1947 to April 1949, and then as Commanding Officer of Submarine Division 11 aboard the submarine USS Tilefish (SS-307) from April 1949 to May 1950. He served on the faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy from June 1950 to July 1952, and then attended Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, from July 1952 to June 1953. CAPT Gallaher's next assignment was as Commanding Officer of Submarine Development Group 2 from June 1953 to August 1955, followed by another tour on the staff of the U.S. Naval Academy from August 1955 to August 1958. He served as Commanding Officer of the destroyer tender USS Prairie (AD-15) from August 1958 to October 1959, and then served as Commander of Submarine Flotilla 1 from October 1959 to November 1960. CAPT Gallaher served in the Plans and Policy Division with the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon from December 1960 to October 1961, and then served as Assistant Chief of Education and Training with the Bureau of Personnel in the Pentagon from October 1961 to August 1962. His final assignment was as Director of Navy Recruiting for the 8th Navy Recruiting Area at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California, from September 1962 until his retirement from the Navy on July 1, 1963. Antone Gallaher died on October 13, 1982.
His 1st (of 4) Navy Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of a U.S. Submarine during a war patrol in enemy-controlled waters. Despite extremely strong enemy escorts which included air support, he skillfully penetrated the escort screens, and through his daring and aggressive determination, delivered smashing torpedo attacks against enemy shipping. As a result of these well-planned and brilliantly executed attacks, he successfully sank three enemy ships totaling 20,200 tons, and damaged tow additional enemy ships totaling 15,000 tons. Although severely depth-charged and fired upon by escorts, and bombed by aircraft, his skillful and brilliant evasive tactics enabled him to escape and bring his ship to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.