His brother, John P. "Jack" Gaty, born 24 September 1900 in West Orange, New Jersey, served during WW I as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. He was a Cornell University graduate - mechanical engineering. He served on the U.S.S. Decatur. He was released from active duty 15 February 1919. At Big Spring, Texas, in 1936, he was a flier of a yellow and red-trimmed airplane and a contestant in the Chatterton Air Derby before a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 people. He completed a 2,400-mile flight that began in Cleveland, Ohio. He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, employed by Beech Aircraft from 1937 through 1960, when he retired, and described himself as 5’10”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. The U.S.S. Decatur (DD-341) was a Clemson-class destroyer. He died 4 November 1963 in the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, and is buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket, Nantucket Co., Massachusetts.
Arriving at Argentia, Newfoundland, 14 September 1941, the Decatur served on convoy escort and patrol to ports in Iceland until returning to Boston 17 May 1942. From 4 June to 25 August she operated on convoy duty between Norfolk and Key West, then between New York and Guantanamo Bay from 30 August to 13 October. Until 14 January 1943 she escorted ships out to sea and to Boston from New York, then departed 11 February for the Mediterranean sailing by way of and returning to Aruba, Netherlands West Indies. She made four more voyages from New York and Aruba to the Mediterranean until 1 October.
The Decatur joined the task group centered about USS Card and sailed from Norfolk 24 November 1943 for an antisubmarine sweep, returning to New York 3 January 1944. From 26 January to 17 February she escorted a convoy to Panama, returning with another to Hampton Roads. On 13 March she cleared Norfolk as flagship of Task Force 64, escorting a large convoy to Bizerte, Tunisia. On the last day of March while sailing between Oran and Algiers, the force successfully repelled a coordinated strike of German submarines and planes, to arrive at its destination 3 April. Eight days later the Decatur was en route to the United States, arriving at Boston 2 May, for brief overhaul and refresher training.