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‘Black Hawk Down’ hero dies at 52

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher died Oct. 13, 2014 at age 52. (U.S. Army)
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher died Oct. 13, 2014 at age 52. (U.S. Army)

The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2014

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher, the former platoon sergeant who flew into Somalia for the mission that would become known for the “Black Hawk Down” battle, died of a heart condition on Oct. 13. He was 52.

The decorated veteran’s death was announced on the 3rd Infantry Division’s Facebook page.

“You know, I don’t say this lightly, but Bob is probably one of, probably the best soldier I ever served with, retired Col. Greg Gadson told Army Times. “That man really cared about soldiers.”

During the course of his military career, Sgt. Maj. Gallagher received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and a Silver Star.

A memorial ceremony will take place Oct. 31 at Fort Benning in Georgia. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Happy 239th Birthday to the US Navy

3-Year-Old Boy Breaks Military Protocol

News Brief for 19 September 2014

Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, provide security during an operation in Helmand province, Sept. 9, 2014. During the 72-hour operation, Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers conducted dismounted patrols on foot to search nearby compounds for weapons and lethal aid. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas)

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Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military >> Huffington Post
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It figures that Michelle Monaghan, one of too many underutilized actresses usually relegated to playing the hero's wife, would have to go shoestring in order to find a role that allows her to display the range of her talents. She's at her best as Army medic/staff sergeant Maggie Swann in writer-director Claudia Myers's Fort Bliss, a returning-soldier drama that answers the annoyingly ubiquitous "Can women have it all?" question with an exasperated "no."

Injured combat veterans bring "Warrior Ride" through Horry County >> WBTW News 13
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Missing, But Not Forgotten

Friday, September 19th seems like a rather uneventful day to most. But in fact, it is a very important day. It is POW/MIA Recognition Day. For anyone unfamiliar with what this day represents, it is a day to remember the more than 88,000 military personnel who are still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to World War II.

Families missing service members know the pain of uncertainty and the frustration of time lost for their loved one. At DVNF, we recognize all who are gone, but not forgotten, and our hearts go out to the families whose loved one never returned.

I often talk about sacrifice, and for all those missing, and for their families, they know what sacrifice really is. So on Friday, I hope that you will join us in remembering all those who are missing, but not forgotten.

And if you haven’t done so already, I hope you will visit our Honor Wall to see the respects paid to past service members. If you would like to honor the veteran in your life, you can make a donation in memory of, or in their honor.


Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.)


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