Town Square

Post a New Topic

At 99 years old, Palo Altan recalls a ship's sinking

Original post made on Jul 3, 2014

Seventy-two years after a Japanese ship fired 8-inch shells into the USS Houston, Palo Alto resident Ned Gallagher still vividly recalls how he escaped the sinking ship near the island of Java during World War II.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comments (6)

Like this comment
Posted by Independence-Day-Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

The Japanese were especially brutal to their POWs. The mortality rates for captured Allied troops were about 30%, as opposed to about 6% in German POW camps. Mr. Gallagher was very fortunate to survive his captivity.

It’s really hard to say much more than: “Thanks for being there when your country needed you.”

Like this comment
Posted by Pat Burt
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

Wow, I had heard the general story of Ned's bravery and endurance, but this article gives a wonderful telling of the depth of his courage and perseverance.
Many thanks to Ned for his service to our country and to our community. We're all glad you made it.

Like this comment
Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Companies like Mitsubishi used U.S. prisoners as Slave labor.
To this day I have relatives that won't buy a Japanese car because of that.
I don't think Mitsubishi has ever apologized for the atrocities.

Like this comment
Posted by Respect the Veterans
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

My great-uncle was on the Death March to Bataan, and had lifelong kidney problems due to the malnutrition and lack of water during that ordeal ( those problems eventually killed him).

He was especially angry that almost all of the Japanese war criminals went unpunished, and many went to South America where they became extremely wealthy. Especially in light of the fact that the Israelis tracked down Nazi war criminals and executed them.

Incidentally, he also correctly predicted that if America were ever to be attacked, the perpetrators would either enter the US through the Canadian border, which was unsecured, or the Mexican border, where it would be easy to pass one's self off as a Mexican-American. This was in the 90's, and I was glad he did not live to see 9/11, even though his prediction was pretty accurate.

Americans have short memories and are too forgiving!

Like this comment
Posted by randy albin
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

maybe he can also remember when it was affordable to live in palo alto. these seniors should be held in good honor as they progress through the years. he is worthy of telling his stories and recounting the earlier years. bravo

Like this comment
Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I have been a friend of Mary G's since college and it is nothing short of wonderful to hear her speak of her father - and mother. I have been waiting for an article about Ned to be written b/c his story needed to be told. Thank you, Weekly, and thank you, Ned.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

California Democrats seek to revive the Republican Party; Republicans expected to resist
By Douglas Moran | 28 comments | 2,698 views

Chocolate + Tahini Ice Box Pie
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,132 views

Love is a Verb
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 702 views

Oh, My Aching Knees
By Max Greenberg | 14 comments | 640 views


Save $5 when you register by Monday, July 24

Registration is now open for the 33rd annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk. This family-friendly event which benefits local nonprofits serving kids and families will take place on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Register Here