Petition to Sec Navy to Name Ship: "Patrick Gallagher"

What: We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Secretary of the Navy name DDG117, or a subsequent DDG class ship scheduled to be procured in 2017, to be named after Corporal Patrick "Bob" Gallagher, USMC, Navy Cross, of Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, Ireland (KIA ~ Da Nang 1967)

This request is in keeping with the traditional naming conventions of naming Destroyers (DDG) after U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corp., or U.S. Coast Guard heroes, and this would coincide appropriately with the 50th year anniversary of Patrick's death in action.

Please Note:This petition site is hosted and maintained by volunteers. Patrick's direct family are the only contacts for media inquiries, background or additional information. The Patrick Gallagher website will forward any requests, and the family will respond directly as appropriate. We appreciate your support today, and for learning more about Patrick's life.

Who: Lance Corporal Patrick "Bob" Gallagher was awarded the Navy Cross for bravery, having been drafted into the service of his adopted country, he willingly served. While under fire Patrick Gallagher showed his extraordinary heroism and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved his comrades from probable injury and possible loss of life. His daring actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Why Is This Important:

Cpl Patrick Gallagher, an Irishman immigrant on a green-card who lived, worked & attended school in New York prior to being drafted, (including canvassing for Senator Robert Kennedy), chose service over walking away, and offered himself to protect others. He also represents the courage of being one of 3,000 Irish men & women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, and was one of 29 Irish to have been killed in action there. This recognizes the many contributions of foreign nationals in U.S. Navy, U.S Marines & Armed Forces throughout our history, voluntarily serving with loyalty, honor & commitment to their adopted country.This honor could be recognition for the families of those enlistees of foreign birth who have served our country in support of our countries principles & protection around the world: A US Navy ship afloat with this heritage would be a welcome reminder to those at home that their loved one's service and perhaps ultimate sacrifice, were remembered by us, the citizens, members of our Armed Forces and the government of the United States of America. We herewith request our representatives support, in the appropriate committees of Defense oversight in both the House and Senate, in raising this request at every opportunity with the Secretary of the Navy.


Marius Donnelly ~ A publican who learned of Patrick's story from a visitor from Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, and who believes Patrick's courage and life would be celebrated by all of us who value the contributions and achievements of immigrants who came before us, helping to make this the country it is today.


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Patrick Gallagher Bio

Irish KIA's in Vietnam

Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo Ireland


  • Val G. Kerrigan The man has made his birth and adopted countries proud. I believe him to be very deserving of this distinction.

  • Joseph Thompson Like "The Sullivan Brothers " in WW11- The Sullivan was named in their Honor and Distinquished herself in True Irish Fashion Fighting Gallantry in the Drive across the Pacific and Finished the War with numerous commidions for Gallantry ...This ship named in honor of Five Irish Brothers excelled and met the highest traditions and expectations of the United States Navy and its Founder John Barry . I Respectfully Ask That You Continue in the Traditions and History of the Irish Contribution to U.S.Naval Lore by Honoring This Ship with the Name of Another Irishmen who made the Ultimate Sacrifice to Perserve this Country's Honor and Traditions and the Name "Fighting Irish ".

  • Clare Higgins As a niece of Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher, this would be a great honour and I know all his family would be so proud of him and something he and they deserve for what they went through and a great way to honour his life.

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  • Today at the White House, a Marine Corporal was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courage and bravery, and willingness to lay down his life to defend others, in much the same way that Patrick Gallagher did in another war, in another place, almost 50 years ago. William "Kyle" Carpenter lost most of his jaw and an eye when he fell on a grenade to shield a fellow Marine from the blast. His body shattered, one lung collapsed, Carpenter was nearly given up for dead after that 2010 Afghanistan firefight. Then he spent 2½ years in a hospital as doctors worked to rebuild his body. But if you think he's bitter, think again. "I look back, and I'm actually very appreciative I had those two and a half years, because those years put things in perspective more than a whole lifetime of things could if I wasn't there," Carpenter said. On Thursday, he became the eighth living veteran of U.S. combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. I would ask you to help us remember Patrick Gallagher's brave action, not by changing a decision about meeting the Medal of Honor criteria, but rather by naming a US Navy Destroyer in his honor. His continued service and humility regarding his actions are fine examples of his character which should be celebrated for generations to come.
  • Today we were honored to receive the support of a 36 year Marine, who before retiring saw service around the world, was a well respected leader in the Corp and had responsibility for tens of thousands of young men & women on the battlefield. We thank you General for your service, and for watching over and leading your Marines, and for taking time to support our objective.
  • I think it would be a great honour or Mr gallagher and his family to have the ship honoured in his name and would be a great tribute for all men who left Ireland and lived and defended America when she called on them
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