For his service and sacrifice during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating on October 3rd, 2009 Tucson native and Tucson High class of 2000 alum Justin “Taco Truck” Gallegos will be receiving the Distinguished Service Cross.
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest medal awarded to United States Army members.
First reported by the Army Times, the former football Badger, Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos was killed in October 2009 at the Battle of Kamdesh and will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Dec. 15, a spokesman for U.S. Army Alaska confirmed.
Gallegos was one of about 60 soldiers attacked at COP Keating on October 3rd, 2009 by over 300 Taliban.
According to the Army Times, Gallegos deployed to Nuristan’s COP Keating with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
In addition to 37 Army Commendation Medals with combat “V,” 18 Bronze Star Medals with combat “V,” eight Silver Stars and now one DSC, Staff Sgts. Ty Carter and Clint Romesha received the Medal of Honor for their actions in 2013.
A motion picture, “The Outpost” starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, based on the book by Jake Tapper; and “Red Platoon,” possibly starring Casey Affleck, based on Romesha’s memoir are slated to be released in 2019.
British actor Jacob Scipio will portray Gallegos in The Outpost.
Personal Note: I graduated with Justin from Tucson High in 2000. All of us, his friends and family are extremely proud to have grown up with him.
I’m so glad I saw you in country one last time, Justin. Rest in peace brother.