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Galloway was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923. Galloway was very fortunate during the Great Depression. His father had a job. Galloway recalls people coming to his house asking his father if they could be hired for the day. Galloway's father paid 3 dollars a day. Galloway was able to go to a private school. Galloway notes feeling the Depression from other people but it did not affect him directly. Galloway went to private school for grammar school and then public school for high school. His father worked for a lighthouse service in Mobile. Chances are Galloway would have followed his father's steps but his father insisted that he go to college. His father saw that change was in the air and that is why he insisted that Galloway go to college. Galloway's father realized that the family lighthouse business was going to be taken over by the Coast Guard. This is what his father correctly foresaw and realized his son should go to college. Galloway finished his senior year and then went on active duty at Ft. Sill. Galloway went to OCS [Annotator's Note: Officer Candidates School], he recalls it being very demanding. Galloway got along fine with his group. All 6 graduated from OCS. After Galloway graduated OCS he was sent to Ft. Bragg [annotator's Note: Ft. Bragg, North Carolina], where he received basic training. Galloway deployed overseas from New York. The trip was good; the food was good. It took about 6 days to go over. Coming home it took 14 days. Galloway recalls that they were running with the Queen Mary. Galloway went in on Omaha Beach, well after the initial invasion. Galloway recalls crawling up the embankment wondering how people did it under fire. Galloway recalls when they liberated Paris. From there they went to Belgium and then on into Germany where they entered the Hurtgen Forest. The Hurtgen Forest being a giant mess; the fight was tough. Galloway was a forward observer and he recalls one time when he went out in a group of 4 and by noon he was the only 1 left.
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