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Family remembers fallen Nevada Army Guard soldier killed in training accident

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 20:48:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Army Guard Staff Sgt. David W. Gallagher of Las Vegas, died Tuesday after being involved in an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank training accident at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

Gallagher's family spoke to 13 Action News on Sunday at the Nevada Army National Guard near Silverado Ranch Boulevard.

"I'm really proud of him. I miss him a lot but I'm proud of my dad every day. He did so much," said Shaylea, Gallagher's oldest daughter.

Shaylea said her father loved his family, the Army, and sports.

"He was a force. He had bad humor, he was silly. He loved the Dolphins. He loved the Golden Knights so much. It breaks my heart he never got to see the Dolphins win a Super Bowl," said Shaylea.

Joshua Bothe, Gallagher's son, said his father military commitment and comradely encouraged him to enlist a decade ago.

"I served with him back in 2009. [He's a] good man. [An] honorable man. There's absolutely nothing he wouldn't do for the soldiers. There's nothing he wouldn't do for the people" said Bothe.

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Staff Sgt. Gallagher's children also said are thankful their father was able to make it back home after his deployment in Afghanistan.

"I remember he was out in Afghanistan and his gun jammed. He should of have...he was getting shot at. That should of been the end [for him] but it wasn't. All all he was thinking was, 'I got to get back to my kids. I got to get home to my wife,' and he got home to us," said Shaylea.

"All of us hurting and we are doing it together. We are getting through it together because that's what we do. We embrace the suck and move forward," said Bothe.

Gallagher was assigned to the Nevada Army National Guard's 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment, based in Las Vegas. The Squadron was participating in a month-long series of combat exercises at Fort Irwin when the accident occurred.

Three other Nevada Army Guard soldiers, Sgt. Christian Tijerina, 27, of Las Vegas, Pfc. Brandon Fuka, 20, of Las Vegas, and Pfc. Zachary Little, 19, of Las Vegas were treated at Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin and were released.