Thank You America! March 12th, 2018
It was on this day, 50 years after Patrick's death in action in VietNam, that the US Navy directed that DDG127 be named USS PATRICK GALLAGHER in honor of Cpl Patrick "Bob" Gallagher
The announcement came following a public campaign and petition to the Secretary of the Navy to name a ship in Bob's honor remembering a young Irishman, US Marine, American Hero, who died in service to his adopted country at the young age of 23. This website was the basis for communicating Patrick's story to the world, collecting media mentions, offering links as resources to journalists and activists spreading our intention and goal to achieve the naming within the year which marked the 50th anniversary of his loss to his family and our country.
The Gallagher family, surviving siblings, nephews and nieces, are humbly grateful for everyone's effort to remember Bob, to recognize his loss and to create a fitting memorial which will remind generations to come of his courageous service to our nation. Ten thousand petitioners shared his story, advocated on his behalf and encouraged others to do the same. Uniting neighbors on both sides of the Atlantic, and coast to coast here in America, comrades and veterans, fraternal societies and community leaders at all levels from Village Mayors to Congressional Representatives & Senators. We are in debt to all who voluntarily labored without spotlight or attention, in meeting halls, on social media, letter writing campaigns and encouraging national media to share the objective. Thank You America & God Speed All Who Will Serve Aboard USS GALLAGHER!
Senator Schumer (NY) makes announcement, shares with Gallagher family & Supporters and briefs Ireland's Taoiseach Valadkar
Mid West Radio speaks with Peter Galagher Apr 3, 2017
50Th Anniversary Memorial Gathering
Family, Community and Supporters, March 30, 2017 - Click for Additional Pictures -
Having reached our initial goal of 10,000 supporters on our petition we have begun approaching our local elected representatives requesting that they endorse our request to the Secretary of the Navy, so when additional destroyer class ships are appropriated they will consider naming one in Patrick Gallagher's honor.
We are pleased to share the following letters of endorsement :