Past Commandant Peter R. Gallo
Here is one of the men who made the Slattery Detachment a well known name both locally and nationally. Sure, there were a few others, but Pete Gallo stepped up whenever there was a need to get something done. He was the detachment Commandant from 2003 to 2008 and again from 2012 to 2013. In fact, he was the Slattery Detachment, Marine of the Year in 2004 and the Department of New Jersey Commandant of the Year in 2005-6.
Let us take a look at this great Marine. Pete joined the Marines during the Korean War and served in Korea in 1952. His job was that of a cook. In fact, here is the menu for the 1st Marine Divisions 1951 Thanksgiving Day dinner that he prepared. It looks like they could have fed the entire division with all that food. And to finish it all off, they had mincemeat pie, fruit cake and pumpkin pie plus a little take-a-way of fresh apples and oranges. We should have tapped him to do the cooking for our socials.
Pete left the Marines and came back to New Jersey where he married the love of his life Marie and moved into their home on Belaire Avenue in Cedar Knolls. There the young couple raised a family and enjoyed life as Pete worked for the Hanover Police Department and Marie taught school.
In 1956, Pete became involved with the American Legions Post 155 and was the Post Adjutant at one time. On September 1, 1999 Pete joined the Marine Corps League Slattery Detachment located then in Morris Plains. A week later he applied for Life Membership in the MCL. Since then he has been active building up the detachment in so many ways.
He lead the way, along with Mario Monaco, to create the Slattery Marines Care which has assisted many Marines and Marine families. Pete, with the help of Eddie Neas, created the monthly trips to Bethesda and Walter Reed Military Hospitals to visit the wounded. In 2005, he contacted Rodney Frelinghuysen and got Rodney to get Amtrack to make available the passes for the detachment trips to Washington,?DC.
Pete was the co-editor for a long time of the detachment monthly newsletter, The Slattery Sidelines. He was the Chairman of the Hanover Veterans Alliance memorial development committee. This committee created and installed the memorial stone to the Hanover Townships veterans killed in action of all wars. In 2019, Pete was the Parade Marshall of the Hanover Memorial Day Parade. This is only a small portion of what Pete did.
Yes, Pete was a one-man detachment.