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‘Black Hawk Down’ hero dies at 52

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher died Oct. 13, 2014 at age 52. (U.S. Army)

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher died Oct. 13, 2014 at age 52. (U.S. Army)

By Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Friday, October 24, 2014

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher, the former platoon sergeant who flew into Somalia for the mission that would become known for the “Black Hawk Down” battle, died of a heart condition on Oct. 13. He was 52.

The decorated veteran’s death was announced on the 3rd Infantry Division’s Facebook page.

“You know, I don’t say this lightly, but Bob is probably one of, probably the best soldier I ever served with, retired Col. Greg Gadson told Army Times. “That man really cared about soldiers.”

During the course of his military career, Sgt. Maj. Gallagher received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and a Silver Star.

A memorial ceremony will take place Oct. 31 at Fort Benning in Georgia. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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