Noah Galloway

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Noah Matthew Galloway (born October 28, 1981 in Birmingham) is a model, athlete, and former United States Army soldier. He was injured during the Iraq War, losing his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee. He was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 20, paired with Sharna Burgess. The pair finished in third place.

Noah is the son of Andy and Bebe Galloway of Ashville. He joined the military in 2001. He was a Sergeant assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On December 19, 2005, during his second deployment, he was severely injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee; his right leg and jaw were badly injured, the latter having to be wired shut. He was unconscious for five days, and later was moved to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for further treatment and rehabilitation.

After leaving the Army, Galloway became a personal trainer. He participates in a variety of fitness competitions from regular 5K and 10K races to ones such as Tough Mudders, CrossFit competitions and Spartan events. He is also a motivational speaker, addressing audiences of veterans, school children, and others with his message of "no excuses".

In October 2014, Galloway became the spokesman and model for Kenneth Cole's new fragrance Mankind Ultimate. Galloway appeared on the November 2014 cover of Men's Health magazine, and was named the publication's "Ultimate Men's Health Guy". He has been a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Today Show. He is featured in the 2015 children's book Bo Meets a Hero, by Sharman Martin with photographs by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

Galloway was chosen as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (season 20) in 2015, and was paired with professional dancer and choreographer Sharna Burgess. While Galloway experimented with a prosthetic arm for his Argentine tango, he and Burgess decided not to use it, and, ultimately, he did not use it in any of his dances. The producers told him before the competition began that he would not be assigned the jive or quickstep, since the quick, repetitive motions required for those dances would be too painful. On May 19, 2015, Galloway and Burgess finished the competition in third place losing to Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis who took second and first place, respectively.

Galloway founded the No Excuses Charitable Fund. The fund, which assists organizations he feels are important, has aided Operation Enduring Warrior and also local programs including those for children at the YMCA in Alabaster, where he resides. Galloway served as grand marshal of the 2015 Birmingham Veterans Day Parade.

Galloway has been married three times. He has one son with his first wife and two children with his second wife, Tracy, whom he married in 2007. In 2015 he proposed to his then-girlfriend Jamie Boyd during the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars. She accepted the engagement, but the couple called off their wedding in October. He married the former Amanda Such in Calera in June 2021.


  • Galloway, Noah & Rebecca Angel Baer (2016) Living with No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier. Center Street ISBN 9781455596935


  • Colurso, Mary (March 16, 2015) "Who is Noah Galloway? Army vet, double amputee makes debut tonight on 'Dancing with the Stars'." The Birmingham News
  • Rice, Lynette (April 3, 2015) "How Dancing with the Stars' Noah Galloway Dances Without Two Limbs." People
  • "Noah Galloway". (May 20, 2015) Wikipedia - accessed May 20, 2015

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