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Purple Heart Homes

December 20, 20156 min
John Gallina and Dale Beatty joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996. During their service to our nation both Gallina and Beatty had the opportunity to respond to calls from the Governor of North Carolina to help victims of Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd. It was through those experiences that they gained their humanitarian passion and spirit. They also responded to the call of duty from the President of the United States to defend our country against terrorism serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were both 25 years old at the time. The War in Iraq Defined Both Gallina and Beatty Their unit was attached to the 1st infantry Division near Bayji, Iraq. On November 15, 2004, they were on a dangerous mission to provide security for an engineer unit that was sweeping the area for mines…a route that had numerous land mine and IED explosions over the previous weeks. SPC Gallina was driving with SGT Beatty and two other members of the unit. The vehicle struck two anti-tank m

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