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Galloway first civilian honored in Registry of the Army Community

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Joseph Lee “Joe” Galloway, noted war correspondent and co-author of the 1992 best-selling Vietnam War narrative “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” is the first civilian to be honored in The Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF) newly launched Registry of the Army Community, the civilian complement to the foundation’s web-based Registry of the American Soldier. 

Both registries, along with the new Registry of the Animals in Service to the Army, will eventually be enshrined in the National Museum of the United States Army. 
Individuals may add themselves or another to the registries by following criteria included at: armyhistory.org/theregistries/.  

“Individuals like Joe Galloway perfectly represent why we are launching the Registry of the Army Community,” said Emmy French, the foundation’s Digital Marketing Manager.  

“There’s such an extensive, vibrant support system built around the Army and its soldiers, made up of spouses; Army brats; Department of the Army civilians; Red Cross and USO workers; embedded journalists; and many others who, though not serving themselves, provide crucial support to the Army and its soldiers,” French noted. 

Adding “We felt these people should be recognized for how they serve the Army and our country in their own way.”

Galloway began his career at the Victoria Advocate in Texas and advanced to United Press International’s (UPI’s) bureaus in Kansas City and Topeka before serving overseas as bureau chief or regional manager in Tokyo, Jakarta, New Delhi, Singapore, Moscow, and Vietnam. 

He served the first of four tours in Vietnam for UPI beginning in 1965.  

In November of that year, Galloway found himself with 500 troops of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in the midst of the first and one of the most savage battles of the Vietnam War – the Battle of Ia Drang.  

Outnumbered seven to one by North Vietnamese regular forces, the unit fought almost non-stop from Nov. 14 to 16, with 79 killed in action and 121 wounded. 

Although a non-combatant, Galloway repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to aid and rescue wounded soldiers.  

He is the only American civilian to have been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for heroism during the Vietnam War.  

Following Vietnam, Galloway covered the India-Pakistan War, half a dozen other regional conflicts, and later joined U.S. News & World Report as a writer and senior editor. 

He also teamed with retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, who, as a lieutenant colonel, commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, at Ia Drang, to write “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.”  

In 1990-91, he returned to duty as a war correspondent in the Persian Gulf, accompanying the Army’s 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), on its tank charge through the western Iraq desert.  

Galloway retired as McClatchy news papers’ senior military correspondent in 2010 and currently serves as a consultant for the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project.

About the AHF

The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American soldier and promotes public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. 

The foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for The National Museum of the United States Army. 

The museum is now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and will honor the service and sacrifice of all American soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775.