Joseph L. Galloway is a highly acclaimed and distinguished American journalist and author, best recognized for his extraordinary contributions to war correspondence. Born on November 13, 1941, in Refugio, Texas, Galloway carved a niche for himself in the literary world with his extensive experience in military reportage. He spent 22 years as a war correspondent, reported from 15 conflict zones, and won the Bronze Star Medal for his reporting in Vietnam, making him the only civilian to receive such an honor during this war.
Galloway's best-known work is the book "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young," which he co-authored with Lt. Gen. Hal Moore. Recounting the significant Battle of Ia Drang, the book was a New York Times bestseller and later adapted into the award-winning film, "We Were Soldiers," solidifying Galloway's recognition as an astute chronicler of war. He has also authored several other notable works on Vietnam and Iraq war histories, showcasing his exceptional first-hand experiences and insights on wartime.
Throughout his expansive career, Galloway worked with leading media houses such as United Press International and Knight Ridder. He gained significant recognition within the journalism arena and was awarded the National Magazine Award in 1991. Despite his retirement, Galloway’s influence in the realms of journalism and literature remains steadfast, with his works serving as the embodiment of sacrifice, valor, and the human side of warfare.