Peter Joseph Gallo – First Lieutenant, United States Army

Peter Joseph Gallo was born on January 29, 1946 and joined the Armed Forces while in Livingtson, California.

He served as an Infantry Officer in the Army.  In two years of service, he attained the rank of First Lieutenant. He began a tour of duty in Vietnam on December 9, 1967.

On March 30, 1968, at the age of 22, Peter Joseph Gallo, while serving with Troop C,  3rd Squadron, 5th United States Cavalry in Vietnam and was killed during Operation Kilo.

Peter was the son of Joseph Gallo, the brother of of Ernest and Julio Gallo, the winemakers from California. Peter was therefore the newphew of Ernest and Julio Gallo.

He was killed with, and subsequently buried with, Roy L. Griffin, Jr., Captain, United States Marine Corps and Dennis Michael Poteat, Sergeant, United States Army.

March 30 1968

First phase of “TASK FORCE KILO” begins. Gio Linh, Quang Tri Province, I Corps.

Task Force KILO launches diversionary attack along Gio Linh coastal plain to divert attention away from Ca Lu where 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Marines are staging for Operation PEGASUS. Task Force Kilo, made up of the 2nd Battalion, 1st ARVN Regiment pushes north from Kong Ha on a search and destroy sweep through the Gio Lenh Coastal Plain between the Cua Viet River and the DMZ. Task Force Kilo confirms 150 NVA KIAs the first day of the operation.

30 March – C Troop, 3rd/5th Cavalry finds entrenched NVA. 10 US KIA. KIAs include: Patrick Kevin Burke, 1st Lt. Peter Joseph Gallo, Capt. Roy Lee Griffin, Jr. (USMC), George Edward Grubbs, Bert Austin Keeler, James Earl Morse, Dennis Michael Poteat, Charles E. Shaw, Stephen Max Wiggins, and Wilbur Leo Williams, Jr.


  • 1LT  US ARMY
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/29/1946
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/30/1968
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/08/1968

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