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Staff Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 27, KIA October 3, 2009 in the battle of COP Keating. #MemorialDayWeekend 

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Son of Justin Gallegos, 2009 and 2018

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be a part of a ceremony to posthumously award Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, U.S. Army, with the Distinguished Service Cross—the second highest military award, given for extreme gallantry in combat.

Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos had already received two Purple Hearts from tours in Iraq by the time he deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. "He had a desire to serve," said his wife, "and he gave it everything he had."

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Justin Gallegos died during the Battle of Kamdesh in 2009 in Afghanistan. He saved the life of a fellow soldier in Troop B, of the 4th Brigade Combat Unit, drawing machine-gun fire to allow other troops to get to safety, before he gave his life.

Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, hero of COP Keating, was honored earlier today with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Cross for his extraordinary heroism in battle on Oct. 3, 2009.

The son of Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos will receive the Distinguished Service Cross tomorrow. Gallegos, a Fort Carson soldier, was killed in 2009 during in Afghanistan. Ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, where he now lives with his mother and stepfather.

The determination of Justin Gallegos to push forward no matter the challenge is just one part of his inspiring story (by )

Army Times: This fallen Afghanistan war hero is about to get the Army’s second-highest valor award RIP Justin Gallegos

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Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, thought he was just finishing another cross country race. Little did he know, Nike was waiting at the finish line to offer him a pro contract (via / Elevation 0m)

Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, thought he was just finishing another cross country race. Little did he know, Nike was waiting at the finish line to offer him a pro contract

Inspiration of the year? Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, had no idea what was waiting for him at the finish line of an ordinary cross country race

Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, thought he was just finishing another cross country race Little did he know Nike was waiting at the finish line to offer him a pro contract

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Emotional video shows Nike surprising University of Oregon junior and club runner Justin Gallegos with a three-year professional running contract, making him 's first-ever professional athlete with cerebral palsy. via

MAKING HISTORY: Justin Gallegos, from Santa Clarita, has become the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign with

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Justin Gallegos has become @Nike 's first professional athlete with cerebral palsy 🏃🏻‍♂️👏

Nike surprises Justin Gallegos with a contract. Justin is their first professional athlete with Cerebral Palsy

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. runner Justin Gallegos has been signed by , becoming the first athlete under contract with Cerebral Palsy.

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8/ In the truck, SGT Justin Gallegos took a look at a gravely wounded fellow soldier SPC Stephan Mace, who had also ended up at the truck trying to help his brothers. Gallegos tried to run with Mace to safety. Gallegos gave his life trying to protect his brother.

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