A Ballyhaunis family is proud and delighted that a US war ship is to be named after their brother, who died in an ambush during the Vietnam War.

Corporal Patrick "Bob" Gallagher grew up in Derrintogher, outside Ballyhaunis and emigrated  in 1963.

He joined the US Marines and was nearing the end of a tour of duty in Vietnam, when he was killed in an ambush on 30 March 1967.

Just weeks earlier, he was accorded the Navy Cross for bravery, for saving the lives of two comrades by throwing himself on a grenade as they fled to safety.

He was buried in Ballyhaunis in April 1967, and last April, a special Mass of Remembrance was held in St Patrick’s Church to mark the 50th anniversary of his death while a monument was unveiled at the local cemetery in his memory.

Relatives and former colleagues have been campaigning  for several years have a US Navy vessel named in his honour, and yesterday evening, the US Navy confirmed that, having reviewed the case, it has been decided to recognise his actions and name a war ship after the late Corporal Bob Gallagher.

His brother Peter Gallagher has been telling Midwest News that they’re delighted to receive this confirmation from the US 


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