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2LT Sam Galloway Memorial Dedicated
Tuesday, 04 February 2014

ImageFebruary 4--  Vidalia High School has established a Wall of Fame to honor alumni and the first honoree is Army Second Lieutenant Sam Galloway.

The Class of 1962 held a dedication for their classmate's memorial at the high school and heard January 31 proclaimed Sam Galloway Day in Vidalia by Mayor Ronnie Dixon.

"Lieutenant Sam Galloway paid the ultimate sacrifice on January 31, 1968 during the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam.  Whereas, the City of Vidalia desires to bestow honor and recognition upon Sam during a ceremony at Vidalia High School on this date, therefore; I, Ronnie A. Dixon, Mayor of the City of Vidalia, do hereby proclaim Friday, January 31, 2014 to be Sammy Galloway Day," the mayor read.

ImageClassmate Jimmy Barfied recounted Galloway's growing up years in Vidalia and his death leading a platoon of the 101st Airborne Division.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism fighting off a Viet Cong attack.

"He set an example that should be followed by all of us, but particularly by young people as to how to live a life dedicated to service and to duty.  He saw his duty and he did his duty to the best of his ability and it cost him his life.  That's a tragic thing but the way his legacy can live on is by inspiring other people in the future.

ImageJunior ROTC cadets at Vidalia High School assisted with the ceremony and presented the American flag which covered Lieutenant Galloway's coffin at his funeral in 1968 to the high school for inclusion in the memorial.

His class also helps support an annual scholarship in his name.

"Every year the high school grants a scholarship to a young man who has similar qualities that Sammy had and we hope that tradition is going to continue on in to the indefinite future," Barfield said.


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