The Associated Press 13 Mar 2018
The Democratic senator made the announcement at a news conference near the Intrepid museum on Monday.
Gallagher came from County Mayo and settled on Long Island in 1962. While serving in Vietnam he was award the Navy Cross, the nation’s second highest military award, for saving his fellow soldiers by diving on a live grenade.
Schumer said he could think of no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to say “slainte” (SLAHN’-chuh), Gaelic for health, to the new USS Gallagher.
The Navy said the 509-foot (155-meter) guided-missile destroyer will be built at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in Maine.
© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.