Wesley A. GLEASON was born in 1917, in Antwerp, New York and remained in the vicinity until after his graduation from high school when he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1935.  After recruit training at Newport, Rhode Island, Commander GLEASON served at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, until July 1942, when he was transferred to the USS TAGANAK.  After being commissioned as an Ensign in August 1943, he was reassigned in May 1944, to the LST-918 as First Lieutenant.  For the remainder of the war, he served upon this ship progressively as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.  After the war, Commander GLEASON, by now a LTJG, served as Commanding Officer of LST-997 until March 1947.  Various assignments ashore and at sea and promotions in July 1949, and March 1954, culminated in his assignment as Executive Officer of the USS BRUSH (DD-745) in May 1956.  The year 1958 saw his transfer to the USS FALGOUT (DER-324) as Commanding Officer in February and his promotion to the rank of Commander in November.  In May 1959, Commander GLEASON became Commanding Officer of the US Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center at Port Newark, New Jersey.  When the USS UVALDE (AKA-88) was recommissioned in November 1961, During the Berline crisis, Commander GLEASON was assigned as its Executive Officer.  In April 1963, he received his orders to be come the Prospective Commanding Officer of the USS GEORGETOWN.