March 12, 2018
Joseph L. Galloway, the legendary war correspondent and co-author (with the late Lt. General Hal Moore) of We Were Soldiers Once… And Young and it’s sequel We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam will be returning to Columbus in April.
Mr. Galloway, the only civilian to receive the U.S. Army Bronze Star with V (Valor) for actions during the Vietnam War, will speak to the public on Thursday April 12, 7:00pm at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Admission is free and no advance tickets or reservations are needed.
Copies of the books with with Lt. Gen. Moore will be available for purchase at the event with cash or credit card; Mr. Galloway will sign books after the presentation.
This event is sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in honor of the Ft. Benning Centennial Celebration.
Mr. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department.
Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a foreign/war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and previously, nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine.
During the course of 15 years of foreign postings—including assignments in Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union–Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations.
In 1990-1991 Galloway covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during the assault into Iraq. Galloway also covered the Haiti incursion and made trips to Iraq to cover the current war in 2003 and 2005-2006.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf called Galloway “the finest combat correspondent of our generation—a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”
On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V (valor) for rescuing wounded soldiers while under fire in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, in November 1965.
Galloway is co-author with the late Lt. Gen. Hal G. Moore, USA (Ret.) of the national bestseller We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, which is presently in print in six different languages and with more than 1.2 million copies having been sold. The book has been made into a critically acclaimed movie We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. In 2008, he and Gen. Moore published their sequel to We Were Soldiers, a work titled: We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.
In 2009, Military History magazine polled 50 leading historians to choose the Ten Greatest Books Ever Written on War. We Were Soldiers Once… and Young was selected as one of those ten books.
Most recently Mr. Galloway served as an adviser to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for their PBS Documentary The Vietnam War.
Galloway also co-authored 1993’s Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War for Times Books.
In 1991, Galloway received the National Magazine Award for a U.S. News cover article on the 25th anniversary of the Ia Drang Battles.
In 1992, he received National News Media Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars for coverage of the Gulf War.
In 2000, he received the President’s Award for the Arts of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America.
In 2001, he received the BG Robert L. Denig Award for Distinguished Service presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.
In 2005, he received the Abraham Lincoln Award of the Union League Club of Philadelphia.
Also in 2005, he received the John Reagan (Tex) McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Joe Galloway has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Norwich University and from Mount St. Mary’s College.
In 2011 Galloway was selected to receive The Doughboy Award, the highest honor the U.S. Army Infantry can present to an individual. The Doughboy Award normally goes to very senior retired 4-star generals and to retired Command Sergeants Major. Only a few civilians have ever received a Doughboy, including entertainer Bob Hope and industrialist H. Ross Perot. Recipients of the award are chosen by vote of previous recipients. In the case of Galloway, the Infantry commanding general said, the vote was “virtually unanimous.”
On Veterans Day 2011 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built and maintains The Wall in Washington, D.C., presented Galloway with its Legacy of Service Award at a formal dinner. Earlier that day Galloway was the keynote speaker at Veterans Day observances at The Wall.
In 2012 Galloway received the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Americanism Award at the National VFW Convention in Reno, NV., on July 23. VFW commander-in-chief Richard L. DeNoyer said this award is presented “for outstanding contributions to American principles–patriotism, commitment to service, and love of country.” He added that Galloway was being honored for his service as a war correspondent, his work as a journalist “coupled with your total commitment to America’s military, veterans and their families.”
In 2012, Galloway was appointed Journalist in Residence at Texas A&M University’s Corpus Christi.
In 2013 Galloway was sworn into service as a special consultant to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project run out of the Office of Secretary of Defense. Galloway’s appointment was renewed for 2014. His assignment is traveling the country doing film interviews of notable veterans of the Vietnam War for an educational package that will be sent to every Junior High and High School in America.
MEMBERSHIPS AND PUBLIC SERVICE:
Member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization No Greater Love which was founded to assist the victims of war.
Member of the Board of Directors of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.
Member of the Board of Directors of the National Infantry Foundation.
Member of the Board of Directors, School of Social Studies of The Citadel.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of America’s Wars.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Military Reporters and Editors Association.