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

2,969 Signatures Goal: 18,250

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 http://www.patrickgallagherusmc.info/ 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.

Sponsor

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.

Links

Memorial & Text of Citation

Patrick Gallagher Bio

Irish KIA's in Vietnam

Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo Ireland

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Highlights

February 18
Ron Herrin posted 02/18/15 I am one of the many designers of our Combat ships for the US Navy over the last 35 years. Patrick Gallagher gave all that he had to this country and its' people and through his Honor, sacrifice and humility, he proved his worthiness of being remembered as such. I fully support this petition that one of our DDG's be named after him
February 17
As we enter The Irish season of St Patrick's Day events around the country, we are asking our supporters to make an extra effort to reach out to your local media, friends and community to share Patrick's story and our objective. We have seen a dramatic uptick in awareness and number of Petition signatures in the past month. Key drivers include features on IrishCentral.com, NY's Irish Echo and a great radio interview with Patrick's sister Teresa with RTE's Joe Duffy, all results of suggestions from the public. Keep up the great work and hopefully Secretary Mabus will respond positively to our request! Visit the Navy's webpage for the Secretary to learn more about him: http://www.navy.mil/navybio_ldr.asp?id=505
February 17
Charles J. Costello LTC USA (Ret.) 02/17/2015 A true hero and an inspiration for all. Service in the military is now a route to citizenship. There should be an effort to have Cpl. Gallagher awarded citizenship posthumously. It might aid in this effort.
January 10
Martin Durkan January 10, 2015 12:22 AMAs a co-organizer of the petition with Marius I was very happy to see the petition counter exceed the 2000th mark in the final days of 2014. We hope to have 5000 signatures by the end of 2015. Listen to Patrick Gallagher's sister being interviewed on Ireland's Liveline radio show with Joe Duffy. Recorded in December 2014. Link address follows:- http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/rte/rt-liveline/e/vietnam-war-36395555
December 23
Thank you for watching for our updates & highlights, and this one is almost 6 months in the making! We broke through 2,000 signees to our petition just this week and we thank you for your support! As Secretary of the Navy Maybus looks towards the end of President Obama's administration, we want him to consider adding a great accomplishment! A single decision, one that will recognize the efforts of those that fought & died in Vietnam while maintaining our country's attachment to all those that served, the importance of emigrants willingness to fight on our behalf as their adopted country and finally to celebrate this courageous young man who was too bashful to believe he was any type of hero, yet all of his actions show he was! Please help us reach Sec. Maybus whether by direct introduction, copied emails to his office, random connection, social sharing and virulity. Please visit and comment on: Website http://www.patrickgallagherusmc.info/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/P.BobGallagherUSMC Thank you again for your support and help in building support. We wish you a Happy and Restful Christmas, and a cheery New Year with the Health to enjoy it!
June 19
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.
April 16
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.
March 21
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
March 19
I am very pleased to be associated with this petition. Patrick hailed from my own home county of Mayo ....about 12 miles from where I live. The bonds between our two islands are unique and lasting. This is a truly worthy cause and I commend those who are behind it.
March 19
March 19th - With the arrival of St Patrick's Day our petition broke through the goal and now is well on its way to a second thousand supporters. We were delighted to read The New York Daily News article by Joseph Straw about Patrick Gallagher, and thank you to Donald O'Keefe for his hard work bringing awareness to the story. We are grateful to all who support the goal of the petition, and for their efforts to make others aware of our objective.
  • Pat Donnellan
    Pat Donnellan Ireland
    May 02, 2015
    May 02, 2015
    Hope Bob's family's wishes come to fruition.
  • David O'Sullivan
    David O'Sullivan United Kingdom, Crawley
    Apr 26, 2015
    Apr 26, 2015
    A well deserved nomination for a fellow Mayoman.
  • Maryann Harty
    Maryann Harty United States, Boston
    Apr 25, 2015
    Apr 25, 2015
    I proudly sign this petition.
  • John W. Philbin
    John W. Philbin United States, Glenview
    Apr 25, 2015
    Apr 25, 2015
    SGT AUS 1959-1962
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