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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Naming Ceremony - GALLAGHER 12 March 2018
    Renamed PATRICK GALLAGHER 9 November 2018
    Keel Laid 30 March 2022 - Launched TBD

    Commissioned TBD

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Patrick Gallagher DDG-127 Covers Page 1     (2018-2022)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


4-bar Cancel

Bath ME



Keel Laying Ceremony, cachet by Richard D. Jones


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Cpl. Patrick Gallagher, USMC (1 February 1944 - 30 March 1967)
        Gallagher, was born in Derrintogher, County Mayo, Ireland. At the age of eighteen (1963), Patrick immigrated to the United States. In 1966, Patrick was drafted for service in Vietnam.
        Patrick shipped out to Vietnam as a member of Hotel Company, 2/4 Marines, 3rd Division. On the night of 18 July 1966, while serving in a forward position at Cam Lo with three other Marines who were sleeping, their position came under grenade attack by enemy forces. The first grenade Patrick was able to kick out of their position where it exploded only to be followed by a second grenade that fell between two of his comrades. Without hesitation and in an unselfish act of valor, Lance Corporal Gallagher threw himself on the grenade to personally absorb the full brunt of the explosion and save his comrades. Pinned under Gallagher's body, the grenade failed to go off. Lance Corporal Gallagher continued to lie on the grenade as his three comrades escaped the position despite the fact that two more enemy grenades were thrown into the position to explode around him. His comrades now in a position of safety and still miraculously unhurt, Gallagher then rolled off the grenade at his squad leader’s order and threw the grenade where it immediately exploded upon hitting the ground.
        For his extraordinary heroism Gallagher earned the Nations second highest honor, the Navy Cross. Two months after receiving the Navy Cross, and due shortly to return home, Corporal Gallagher was killed while on patrol.
        Cpl. Gallagher's medals and ribbons are: the Navy Cross Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

The ship sponsors are Teresa Keegan, Rosemarie Gallagher and Pauline Gallagher, sisters of Patrick Gallagher.



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