Blanchardville Blade Atlas - Sept. 17, 1970

Daniel F. Gallagher
Dies in Vietnam

    The effects of the Vietnam War hit Blanchardville Sunday when Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gallagher received word that their son, Lance Cpl. Daniel Frederick Gallagher, 22, was killed Thursday, Sept. 10 near Da Nang. Dan was fatally injured by the explosion of a LAW anti-tank missile he was carrying. He became Blanchardville's first Vietnam casualty.
    Danny was born Dec. 13, 1947, in Dodgeville, a son of Stanley I. and Jane Bilkey Gallagher. His family moved to Blanchardville in 1951.
    He was an athlete while attending high school and was a catcher on the Blanchardville Home Talent Baseball Team prior to entering service.
    He was a member of the Blanchardville Lutheran Church, the Blanchardville High School Lettermen's Club, the Platteville University Lettermen's Club and the Pioneer Gleemen.
    A graduate of Blanchardville High School in 1966 he attended Platteville State University, where he was a member of Lambda Sigma Pi Fraternity. He enlisted in the Marines in July 1969 and reported for service Nov. 6, 1969. He arrived in
Dan Gallagher, about 1968
Dan Gallagher, 1968

Vietnam on May 9, 1970, and had had several ham communications with his parents.
    He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Miss Lois, Middleton, and Miss Randy, a student at Platteville State U.; two brothers, Stanley, Madison, and Donald, Augusta, Me.; his fiancee, Miss Lizbeth Francis, Burlingame, Calif.; his grandmothers, Mrs. C. W. Bilkey, Dodgeville, and Mrs. George Gallagher, Verona. His grandfathers are deceased.
    Funeral services are pending at Saether Funeral Home waiting the arrival of his body.

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