Noah Matthew Galloway, a member of the United States Army, was born on October 28, 1981, in Birmingham, Alabama, and was injured in the Iraq War, losing his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee.
After 9/11, Galloway enlisted in the military. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a Sergeant assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was critically injured in an IED assault in Yusafiah, Iraq, on December 19, 2005, during his second deployment. His left arm and leg were severed above the elbow, while his right leg and jaw were gravely damaged, with the latter having to be wired shut.
He was unconscious for five days before being transferred to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for additional treatment and rehabilitation.
Andy Galloway, his father, was involved in an accident and lost his hand, yet he was able to continue working in the construction industry. When Galloway was injured, his father was able to provide him guidance and understand his depression and mistakes, according to Galloway.
Galloway began focusing on fitness after leaving the Army and going through an extended period of depression and addictions, first to pills, then to alcohol. This he did with the encouragement of his friend Eric Eisenberg, who fits prosthetic devices at BioTech Limb and Brace.
Galloway began reconnecting with his childhood and pre-injury passion for sports.
He went on to work as a personal trainer. He then competed in a number of fitness challenges, including Tough Mudders, CrossFit competitions, and Spartan events, in addition to normal 5K and 10K runs.
Noah Matthew Galloway was a member of Operation Enduring Warrior, a non-profit that assists soldiers via sports. He was also part of a team aiming to scale Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid.
The Alabaster native has regained much of his strength, adapted to his prosthetic devices, remarried, and is now the father of two sons and a daughter. He has also been traveling across the United States for speaking engagements.
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