|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1947|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1968|
Gia Dinh, Vietnam
SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
Co.C 1/5 Mech. Bobcats
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Nov 26, 1947
From PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
His tour of duty began on Jun 18, 1967
Casualty was on Feb 20, 1968
in GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
Catholic Chaplain; Three Other Area GI's Killed in Vietnam War
Army Sp/4 Joseph T. Gallagher, 20, of 6045 Chester ave.
Sp/4 Gallagher, had planned to marry his fiance, Joanne Harvey, 20, of 2045 S. 22nd st., upon his discharge next January.
WANTED TO SERVE
"He didn't have to go," said a brother, James, 39. "He was sole support of my mother and grandmother. But he didn't want to use that as an excuse. He said once that every boy should serve his country."
The 1965 graduate of West Catholic High School was killed February 20 by hostile enemy fire.
His last letters, mailed to his mother and his fiance, were dated February 14, Valentine's Day. The letters, he said would have to do as Valentine's Day cards because fancier greetings weren't available.
Survivors include his mother, Anna; three brothers, James, Daniel and Harry, Jr., and three sisters, Margaret, Mary, and Renee.
Photo and article appeared in part in The Philadelphia Inquirer on February 27, 1968. The Chaplain and the other 2 area men KIA's mentioned in the article were 1LT Robert R. Brett, USN, of Collingdale and Army SP4 Ray D. Cropper of Philadelphia and Army PFC James A. Anderson of Chester PA.
Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
Relationship: Native Philadelphian & VietVet
Monday, September 1, 2003
Gallagher was nicknamed "Gal" by friends in the Class of 1965 at West Catholic High School, where he was a member of the swim team for four years. He attended St. Joseph's College briefly, but left to help support his family when his father died. The youngest of seven children, Gallagher was working as a Du Pont Company lab technician when he was drafted into the Army in January 1967. The 20-year-old specialist four, a rifleman, was sent to Vietnam and assigned to Company C of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He died on February 20, 1968. Survivors included his mother, three brothers and three sisters.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
Posted by: Robert Greer
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Created by: Denis McDonough
Record added: Mar 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49527796
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Oct. 6, 2012
Rest in peace fellow soldier you are not forgotten|
Added: Oct. 18, 2011
Added: May. 21, 2010