Joseph L. Galloway

Senior Military Correspondent and Author, Knight Ridder Newspapers

Galloway has a weekly column on military affairs syndicated nationally by the Knight-Ridder Tribune Syndicate, a partnership between Knight Ridder and the Chicago Tribune. He recently completed an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department.

Prior to joining Knight Ridder, Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, plus nearly 20 years as a senior editor and writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Galloway “?the finest combat correspondent of our generation ? a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.” From 1990 to 91 he covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division in the assault on Iraq. Previously, he had served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam, covered the 1972 India-Pakistan War, and spent three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union.

Galloway is co-author, with Lieutenant General Hal G. Moore, of the national best-seller, We Were Soldiers Once? and Young: la Drang: The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, which was made into a critically acclaimed movie, We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson. He also co-authored Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War for Times Books.

In May 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the la Drang Valley in November 1965. His is the only medal of valor the U.S. Army awarded to a civilian for actions during the Vietnam War.

He has received numerous professional and military organization awards and honors including, the National NewsMedia Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War and the President’s Award for the Arts of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America in 2000. The following year, he was honored with the Brigadier General Robert L. Denig Award for Distinguished Service presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association.

Galloway and his wife Karen, whose father Army Captain Thomas C. Metsker, was killed in action in the La Drang Valley, live in Northern Virginia. They have five children.

Location: Bryan, Texas, United State

Military Branch: U.S.Army