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Citadel News Service

For release
October 13, 2004

Best-selling author, war correspondent to speak at The Citadel

Joseph L. Galloway, coauthor of the national bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young,” which was made into a major motion picture starring Mel Gibson, will speak at The Citadel.

“What I Know About Leadership I Learned in Combat” begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Bond Hall Room 165 on The Citadel campus. Sponsored by the Gen. Mark W. Clark Endowment and The Citadel Department of History, the event is free and open to the public.

Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International (UPI) and nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S.News & World Report magazine. His overseas postings include tours in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow. In November 1965, Galloway covered the conflicts in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. In 1990-1991, he covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division in the assault into Iraq.

On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. His is the only Medal of Valor the U.S. Army has awarded to a civilian for actions during the Vietnam War. In 2000, he received the President’s Award for the Arts of Vietnam Veterans Association of America. In 2001, he received the Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig Award for Distinguished Service presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.

Currently, Galloway is the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers, working in their Washington bureau and is also author of a weekly column on military and national security affairs. He recently completed an assignment as a special consultant to Gen. Colin Powell at the U.S. State Department.

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Galloway “the finest combat correspondent of our generation - a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”


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