‘We Were Soldiers Once…And Young’ Author Joseph Galloway Dies At The Age Of 79

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Legendary correspondent Joseph Galloway has died at the age of 79.

Galloway’s wife Grace announced that the man responsible for writing “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young” died Wednesday after being hospitalized in North Carolina, according to the Los Angeles Times. (RELATED: Watching ‘Band Of Brothers‘ Never Gets Old. Here’s Why It’s Such A Great Series)

“He was the kindest, most gentle and loving man. He loved the boys and girls of the U.S. military. He loved his country,” Grace said after her husband’s passing.

Galloway is most famous for covering the battle between American troops and the North Vietnamese forces in the la Drang Valley in 1965.

While most journalists would panic under fire, Galloway became the only civilian in history to be awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in the la Drang Valley during the Vietnam War.

As the communists pounded the American position, Galloway rescued the wounded and did what he could to help make sure the good guys won the day.

His actions and the actions of everyone else at the fight were immortalized in his book, which later became a movie starring Mel Gibson.

Most men wouldn’t accomplish in 1,000 lifetimes what Galloway did in his 79 years on this planet. When the bullets started flying in Vietnam, he didn’t run for cover. He stayed to document the carnage on the ground and fought to save as many as he could.

The man was a damn hero, and I’m proud guys like him exist.

Rest easy, Mr. Galloway. Your legacy will never be forgotten.