Arthur R. Gralla

Arthur R. Gralla
Service photo of United States Navy Rear Admiral Arthur R. Gralla
Vice Admiral Arthur R. Gralla
Born(1913-04-21)April 21, 1913
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedMay 22, 1998(1998-05-22) (aged 85)
McLean, Virginia, United States
Buried
Arlington National Cemetery
(Section 66, Site 4357-A)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1934–1971
RankUS Navy O9 infobox.svg Vice Admiral
Commands heldUSS Dennis J. Buckley
Naval Ordnance Test Unit
USS Norton Sound
Task Force 88, Operation Argus
Bureau of Ordnance
Destroyer Flotilla II, Altantic Fleet
Military Sealift Command
AwardsBronze Star with Gold Star device
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Arthur Robert Gralla (April 21, 1913 – May 22, 1998) was an American sailor who rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the United States Navy.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Gralla spent time in the U.S. Merchant Marine before entering the United States Naval Academy. He was decorated for several actions while serving as gunnery officer aboard the USS Reno in the Pacific theater of World War II in 1944. He then held a number of command and staff appointments before being decorated again for his role commanding a missile test task force as part of Operation Argus. As Vice Admiral, he was briefly Naval Inspector General before being named Commander, Military Sealift Command.

Gralla studied at Brooklyn College before entering the Naval Academy. He also earned a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Early life and education

Gralla was born April 21, 1913, in Brooklyn, New York.[1] His father was chief clerk at the headquarters of the New York Police Department. Gralla was raised in the Brownsville neighborhood, where he attended a Hebrew school.[2]

While attending Brooklyn College, Gralla spent a summer as an apprentice seaman[1] in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He then enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1934[3] with honors, ninth out of a class of 463. In 1942 he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from MIT,[1] where he was elected to Sigma Xi.[4]

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