Joseph L. Galloway is author of a weekly syndicated column on military and national security affairs and recently retired as senior military correspondent of Knight Ridder Newspapers. Galloway was a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department in 2001 and 2002.
A native of Refugio, Texas, Galloway spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine. He joined Knight Ridder in the fall of 2002.
Galloway’s overseas postings include tours in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union. During the course of 15 years of foreign postings, Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations. In 1990-1991 Galloway covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) in the assault into Iraq.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Galloway “the finest combat correspondent of our generation---a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”
He is co-author, with Lt. General (ret) Hal G. Moore, of the national bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once-And Young” which has been made into a critically acclaimed movie, “We Were Soldiers”, starring Mel Gibson. “We Were Soldiers Once-And Young” is presently in print in six different languages and more than 1.2 million copies are in print. He also co-authored “Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War” for Times Books.
On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V 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 awarded to a civilian for actions during the Vietnam War.
Galloway received the National Magazine Award in 1991 for a U.S. News cover article on the 25th anniversary of the Ia Drang Battles, and the National News Media Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War. In 2000, he received the President’s Award for the Arts of the 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. In 2005, he received the Abraham Lincoln Award of the Union League Club of Philadelphia, and the John Reagan (Tex) McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Galloway is a member of the boards of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization No Greater Love founded to assist the victims of war, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the National Infantry Foundation, the School of History and Social Studies of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and the Museum of America’s Wars.
Galloway lives in Bayside, Texas, and Crested Butte, Colorado, and has two sons, Lee and Joshua, who live in Corpus Christi, TX.