In April The Elsberry Democrat brought readers the story of Denis Wayne Galloway.
Galloway is a graduate of Elsberry High School who was killed in action in Vietnam on Oct. 24, 1966.
The impetus for that story was an April 7, 2014 graveside memorial service organized by Walter Davis and his wife to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Galloway’s graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Davis, who resides in St. Louis, was one of Galloway’s classmates at West Point.
Galloway was born on March 2, 1941 in St. Louis and graduated from Elsberry High School in 1958.
He applied for and received Congressman Clarence Cannon’s appointment to West Point, but attended Washington University in St. Louis for two years prior to entering the United States Military Academy.
In 1964 Galloway graduated from West Point with honors and was one of 564 graduates commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon entering the military.
He was stationed in Frankfort, Germany prior to volunteering for duty in Southeast Asia and going to Vietnam in May 1966.
Galloway was killed in Vietnam while attempting to disarm a mine.
At the time of his death, Galloway had earned the rank of captain and was serving as a platoon leader with the 326 Engineers Battalion of the 101st Division of the U.S. Army.
He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
The article that appeared in The Elsberry Democrat back in April has now caught the attention of John Pastor, a veteran who came to know Galloway during his time in the military.
“I first met Denis in Germany,” said Pastor. “We were both with the 317th Combat Engineers. Dennis and I got to know each other fairly well, although I was married at the time and Denis was single so we didn’t run around together. I believe Denis was the first officer to volunteer out of our unit for duty in Vietnam. I was the second.”
Galloway was sent back to the United States prior to being shipped out to Vietnam and that’s when his bond with Pastor began to deepen.
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