Decorated soldier who fought in ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle in Somalia dies at 52

Decorated: Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert 'Bob' Gallagher, who fought and was wounded in Somalia in 1993 passed away in Georgia earlier this monthSent to us by a reader.

Daily Mail – by Wills Robinson

A decorated solider involved in the battle in Somalia depicted by the film Black Hawk Down has died at the of 52.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert ‘Bob’ Gallagher, who parachuted into Panama during Operation Just Cause in 1989 and fought in Baghdad in 2003 passed away in Georgia earlier this month.

The Silver Star-winning soldier served as a platoon sergeant with Task Force Ranger and was shot in the arm in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, during the 1993 battle.  

It was later portrayed by the 2001, based on the book by Mark Bowden film starring Josh Hartnett and Eric Bana.

He also suffered a leg injury during an insurgency in Iraq.

Beforehand, he gave a speech to his unit before turning to Lt. Col. Stephen Twitty and simply saying: ‘Sir, we are prepared for battle.’

His son Patrick Gallagher said he was being treated for a heart condition at the time of his death. He added that his father would talk about his combat experiences at home but noticed a ‘distinct change’ when he came back from Somalia. 

Col. Greg Gadson told the Army Times: ‘You know, I don’t say this lightly, but Bob is probably one of, probably the best soldier I ever served with. That man really cared about soldiers.

‘I know a lot about this man’s life, and he’s been through a lot. I almost come to tears thinking about what he overcame.

Gallagher was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1962 and joined the Army in 1981, He earned a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, among other awards and decorations.

In an interview in 2010, when taking a post in the Wounder Warrior program, he said: ‘The best day and the worst day of my life was when I served in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 3, 1993, as a part of Task Force Ranger.

‘It was the worst day, because we lost 18 Soldiers and 84 others, including myself, were wounded. It was the best day of my life because it showed the incredible performance of our warriors in long-protracted battle under extraordinary circumstances in an urban environment.

‘Throughout it all, the warriors that fought that day performed in a manner that was consistent with the values of our nation, and I was very proud of that.’

He won the Silver Star in 2003 for his actions during OIF, in which TF 3-15 Infantry advanced from Kuwait to Baghdad.

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2 thoughts on “Decorated soldier who fought in ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle in Somalia dies at 52

  1. Maybe he died of a broken heart after coming to realization, it doesnt say, anyway, Black Hawk Down…Permanently .

  2. Yeah, he woke up one day and realized he was used by his government , and than tossed aside like an old rag.. after all the brain washing he finally woke up to the reality of it all , and it broke his heart

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