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.
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.
represents the courage of being one of 3,000 Irish men & women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnamwas one of 20 Irish to have been killed in action - (subsequent to having earned the Navy Cross award)represents 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 would 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 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.
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
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.
Best of luck
I think this would be a small honor to name a ship in honor of Patrick Gallagher, (USMC) for the Supreme sacrifice he made for his "adopted country"Please afford this honor to him.
William H. Teasley Sr.
Please name this ship after
Corp. Gallaher. USMC.
WHT - Sgt. USMC -
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- Feb 28th - On March 18th, Pres. Obama will be awarding 24 Congressional Medals of Honor to Army veterans that were denied the CMOH at the time, and awarded a lesser medal apparently due to their heritage or ethnicity. It is unlikely that the Navy will conduct a similar review, but they can stand up for their heros by looking at Corporal Gallagher's record, award citation and decide that he deserves the recognition of a proud nation! Our petition broke though 900 this week, and with your help we can achieve our goal of 1,000 signatories before the 47th Anniversary of Patrick's death on March 30th.
- Jan 16th - We received a note from The Irish Echo, America's oldest Irish American Newspaper, alerting us to their front page story about Patrick and our goal of having a US Navy ship named in his memory. http://irishecho.com/
- January 14th - The new year is in full swing and the petition support continues to grow organically, reaching 740 this morning and well on our way to the next goal of 1000! Thank you for continuing to share Patrick's story and looking for opportunities to get local media and social connections to pass it along in your circles.