Brunswick — U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks a ceremony marking the beginning of construction of the USS Patrick Gallagher at Bath Iron Works’ Hardings Fabrication facility on Friday.
According to U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, the ship is named after Lance Cpl. Patrick “Bob” Gallagher. Gallagher immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1962 and joined the Marine Corps in 1966, where he served in the 3rd Marine Division in South Vietnam. Gallagher was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on July 18, 1966, when he threw his body on an incoming grenade, shielding his fellow Marines.
He was able to throw it away from his unit before it exploded. Gallagher was killed in action one year later on March 30, 1967.