Captain Donald Gay, Jr.
4 June 1960 - 5 May 1961
Graduated from the Naval Academy in 1937
Retired with the rank of Admiral
Capt. Donald Gay, Jr. is a Newport News, VA, native, whose family has had an association of more than 50 years with the shipyard that built USS Ranger (CVA-61).
A 1937 graduate of the Naval Academy, Capt. Gay served on battleships and destroyers until 1940, when he entered the Navy flight program. Commanding a patrol bombing squadron in WW II, he was decorated for heroism in the Bay of Biscay anti-submarine offensive and in support of the Normandy invasion. His subsequent sea duty included command of a fighter squadron aboard USS Franklin Roosevelt (CVA-42), then navigator of the same carrier, and command of the Air Group aboard USS Leyte (CVA-32). In 1955 he became Director of Test at NATC Patuxent River. Two years later he was made Operations Officer of the Seventh Fleet. From command of the seaplane tender USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40), he came to Ranger and assumed command on 4 June. Twice a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Captain Gay's other decorations include the Bronze Star with Combat V, three Air Medals, and various area campaign and occupation ribbons.
RADM Don Gay, USN (Ret.), passed away on 5 Oct 2002 at the age of 88.
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