USS GALLAGHER named after Irish Marine

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  1. WT

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    Jan 12, 1999
    The future USN destroyer USS Gallagher (DDG-127) will be named in honor of USMC Lance Cpl. Patrick Gallagher. An immigrant from Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, in West Ireland, Gallagher joined the Marines in 1966 and shortly after shipped out to Vietnam with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

    An enemy soldier threw a grenade at his position. “Lance Corporal Gallagher, awake and displaying keen presence of mind, immediately kicked the grenade out of the position where it exploded at a safe distance.”

    “Another enemy grenade followed and landed in the position between two of his comrades. Without hesitation, in a valiant act of self-sacrifice, Lance Corporal Gallagher threw himself upon the deadly grenade in order to absorb the explosion and save the lives of his comrades.” It did not go off until he threw it into a river. No one was injured. Cpl. Gallagher was awarded the Navy Cross.

    He was killed one year later in DaNang.

    Cpl. Gallagher was one of 30 Irish citizens killed serving in the US military during the Vietnam War.

    I hope the USS GALLAGHER will have a nice large shamrock painted on her stack like her sister destroyer USS THE SULLIVANS. God bless those County Mayo Irishmen .