2013-04-13 / News

After 59 Years, Dale Gallagher Receives Honorable Discharge


Dale Gallagher receives his honorable discharge certificate Wednesday, February 20, from Paul Wandrie, American Legion Post 299 commander. (Photograph courtesy of Ben Horn) Dale Gallagher receives his honorable discharge certificate Wednesday, February 20, from Paul Wandrie, American Legion Post 299 commander. (Photograph courtesy of Ben Horn) After 59 years of waiting, Dale Gallagher received his honorable discharge certificate from the United States Army February 20. His service to the United States Army ended in 1954.

Paul Wandrie, Sr., commander of American legion Post 299 on Mackinac Island, learned about the missing certificate from Mr. Gallagher’s son, Dale “Mikey” Gallagher, Jr. Mr. Wandrie then set out to obtain the certificate from the Amy’s Chief of Staff for Administration.

The Gallagher family asked that the certificate be presented February 20, at the Mark Gallagher Scholarship Dinner. The dinner honored Mr. Gallagher’s grandson, who had studied to be a police officer in the hopes of eventually becoming the police chief, in the footsteps of his grandfather, but died of cancer in 2001.

“You couldn’t have asked for a more fitting occasion,” Mr. Wandrie told the Town Crier.

The discharge paperwork Mr. Gallagher received signifies the “character of service” with which military personnel exit service, Mr. Wandrie said. The document is more than an important memento for many veterans, he added, as often employers ask to the document when veterans apply for post-military work.

Corrections to military awards and documentation happen frequently, he said. But this was one of the first times something like this has happened for a veteran on Mackinac Island.

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