Noah Galloway

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Noah Matthew Galloway (born October 28, 1981) 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.

Military career

Galloway, who was born in Birmingham, 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.

Motivational speaking

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".

Modeling

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, the first reader to be selected for the magazine's cover, 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.

Dancing with the Stars

Galloway was chosen as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (season 20) in [[2005], 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. During the semi-finals, he proposed to his girlfriend (later fiancée), Jamie Boyd, on air. 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.

In October 2015, the Galloway and Boyd announced that they had called off their wedding.

Charity work

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.

References

  • Noah Galloway. (May 20, 2015). Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed May 20, 2015.