For half a century, Joseph L. Galloway has been one of America's premier war and foreign correspondents with 22 years of experience as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. In fall 2002, he joined Knight Ridder Newspapers and recently retired as their senior military correspondent.
Galloway's career foreign postings include assignments in Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union. He also served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the Haiti incursion, and made trips to cover the Iraq War in 2003 and 2005-2006.
In early 2013, Galloway was sworn into service as a special consultant to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project run by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is also permanent consultant to Ken Burns' Florentine Films project to make a documentary history of the Vietnam War for broadcast in 2017 on PBS. And, he also previously held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department.
The late Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who first met Galloway in South Vietnam when he was a brand new Army major, called him "the finest combat correspondent of our generation---a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend."
Galloway has also co-authored several critically acclaimed books: "We Were Soldiers Once-And Young" and its sequel, "We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam" (with retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore); and, "Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War." "We Were Soldiers Once-And Young" has been printed in six languages, has sold more than 1.2 million copies, and was made into a film starring Mel Gibson.
On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the Ia Drang Valley, in November 1965. It is the only medal of valor the U.S. Army ever awarded to a civilian for actions in combat during the Vietnam War.
He has received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award in 1991 for a U.S. News cover article on the 25th anniversary of the Ia Drang battles; the 2011 Doughboy Award, the highest honor the Army's Infantry can bestow on an individual; and, the National News Media Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War.
Galloway is a member of the boards or advisory boards of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the 1st Cavalry Division Association, the National Infantry Museum, the School of Social Studies of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., the Museum of America's Wars, and the Military Reporters and Editors Association. And, he is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Norwich University and Mount St. Mary's College of Newburgh, New York.
Galloway is a native of Refugio, Texas and now resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife, Dr. Grace Liem Galloway.