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Decorated soldier Robert Gallagher from ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle in Somalia dies at 52

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Decorated: Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert 'Bob' Gallagher, who fought and was wounded in Somalia in 1993 passed away in Georgia earlier this month

Decorated: Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert ‘Bob’ Gallagher, who fought and was wounded in Somalia in 1993 passed away in Georgia earlier this month

Washington ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – 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.

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