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Gaylord Church, American naval officer. Mason (K.T., 32 degree).


Church, Gaylord was born on August 14, 1885 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Alfred Gaylord and Alice Lillian (Mosier) Church.


Student Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1902-1905. Bachelor of Science (with distinction), United States Naval Academy, 1909. C.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1913.

Graduated from Nava War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1920.


1 son, Gaylord, IV. Began as midshipman, 1905. Commissioned ensign, 1911, and advanced through the grades to rear admiral, 1942. Afloat United States Ship Connecticut, 1909, United States Ship New York, 1910-1911.

Transferred to staff, Civil Engineer Corps, 1913. Served at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, 1913-1914. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1915-1917.

Naval Mine Depot, 1919. Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, 1920-1921. Submarine Destroyer Base, Astoria, Oregon, 1921-1924.

Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington, 1924-1926. Naval Station, Canal Zone, Panama, 1926-1928. Bureau of Yards and Docks, 1928-1932.

Naval Station, Cavite, P.I., 1932-1934. Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 1934-1937. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1937-1942.

Superintending civil engineer, Area I, II and III, since 1942. Received 2 letters of commendation from Secretary of Navy. Victory medal with Silver Star.

Sharpshooter medal with Expert Bar, Association member American Society Civil Engineers. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, Delta Tau Delta.


Mason (K.T., 32 degree). Clubs: Army and Navy (Manila, P.I.).


Married Bess V. Rist, October 26, 1912.

Alfred Gaylord Church

Alice Lillian (Mosier) Church

Bess V. Rist