Full Name: Noah Galloway

Residence: Alabaster, Alabama

Children: 2 Boys, 1 Girl

Age: 32 years old

Motto: Train Like A Machine


Sergeant Noah Galloway, retired, is 32 years old and is a native of the Birmingham, Alabama area. In October 2001, he enlisted in the Army, an act that would change his life forever.

Noah was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As an infantry soldier, he was one of the few elite soldiers who would serve as front line ground troops during a time of war.

In 2003, Noah fought in the initial strike on Iraq and spent one year fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, which he says got him “hooked” and from that moment he knew he wanted to return. “I loved my job as an infantry soldier,” says Noah. “In the first year I was there, I saw the difference and progress we were making. I could not wait to return. Just the thought of going back thrilled me.” In September 2005, Noah was finally redeployed to Iraq and just three months later, he suffered a life changing injury.

On December 19, 2005, Noah lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. He was quickly transported to Germany to receive medical treatment and was unconscious for five days. Noah woke up late in the evening on Christmas Eve to find out he had lost two of his limbs and also sustained several injuries to his remaining leg and his jaw. Noah was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Despite his injuries, Noah has participated in the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon, three warrior Dash events, 7 Tough Mudder events, a Barbarian Challenge, 6 Spartan event, completed the Spartan Death Race, ran the Bataan Death March Marathon as well as a member of Operation Enduring Warrior completed the Bataan Death March in the heavy division a year prior to running it, 3 Crossfit competitions put on by Garage Games, plus several 5k and 10k races

Noah is determined to inspire others by his actions, by training like a machine and demonstrating that challenges are meant to be conquered no matter how big they might be.

Noah currently resides in Alabaster, AL.


44 thoughts on “BIO”

  1. Noah, my name is Kirk Spence and I am a 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Liberty Park Middle School. As you may or may not know, we are the other middle school for Vestavia Hills High School. We are having our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly coming up and would love to see if you may be available to speak. If you do not mind, please e-mail me and let me know if that may be a possibility. If you want, you may call me at (205) 370-1689. I greatly appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks again, Kirk

  2. You and my niece are running the Marine Corps Marathon as I write this note. Just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you guys, and as a fellow kilt wearer, always like to see a mate sportin’ the kilt.
    Congratulations and best wishes.
    Dave Dallas
    Bend, OR

  3. I heard you speak at the ATA Christmas Dinner Meeting last night in Pelham, AL. You are an amazing young man to endure what you have been through and to do what you are doing. You inspire so many people and I just wanted to say Thank You for what you have done for our country and for what you continue to do for other wounded veterans. Best Wishes,
    Annette Munger
    Cullman, AL

  4. While driving down Friday night from Chattanooga to Sylacauga I heard you on the radio. I instantly was blessed inspired and so thankful for you. I wish you could come to our high school and talk you are so uplifting and positive. I am thankful for your service and protection of us and our nation. I am even more thankful that you have this positive attitude.

  5. I met you, i believe almost3 yearsago in Pinson or Alabaster. I wirked for BW and dyncorp WPPS. they may take my leg. Would like to get in touch withyou

  6. Hi, I am the Massachusetts Amputee Coalition Peer Visitor Facilitator and the New England Amputee Association Founder.
    I’m working to coordinate peer visits with the local Boston hospitals for the bombing victims.
    Can you please contact me? Because they are not military but experience trauma like yourself my hope is to have both veterans and
    civilians visit these new amputees.
    Thank you for your time.
    God Bless you for your service.

  7. If you can please get a hold of us. Call Reno Refractories and my dad will give you our number. I really need your help!! Missy skinner ( Jeff’s Skinner wife). Thank you.

  8. Thank you for your service.
    If you’re ever in N.Y. you should stop by Buffalo for their Celtic Festival.

  9. Ran with you at tough mudder 2013 mount snow!!! Awesome standing on top of the MT Everest obstacle watching you beast thru it.
    Baddest dude I’ve ever met…..

  10. I ran the same Tough Mudder at Mount Snow, Vermont as you this past weekend. Complete inspiration to me. Keep up the great work and thanks for your military service and motivational service!

    Hartford, Connecticut

  11. Met you on a plane from pgh after
    The training camp you attended. Lo and behold you were in a spot on television! I didn’t realize how accomplished you were–and modest! It really would be a pleasure to see you again if you get to the burghers again even if you run with our fast set.

  12. Noah what an inspiration! I just watched you run a tough mudder on heart goes out to are truly an in inspiration.i literally cried watching you motivate and push people to never give made me realize I can achieve anything I set my mind to.thank you.God Bless You

  13. Hey Noah, we spoke on Twitter… First & foremost, THANK YOU for your service! On behalf of my family I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate the very freedoms that you and fellow soldiers protect. God Bless.. When we spoke on Twitter I mentioned I wanted to share my story (multiple brain surgeries) and discuss the Public Speaking world. Would you be so kind as to send an email address I can write to you that is private as to not appear on a public board as some of the messages above are? If this is a secure address and my email can stay private between you and I, please let me know so I can write to you. Tgank you again Noah, talk soon. Have an Incredible Day!

  14. Hi Noah,
    I’m right knee disarticulation and right hanger finger amputee. I use running leg (3s80&1e90) since one month. I follow you, you are very succesfull. I want to be succesfull as you. Good luck .

    Nuri Kart.

  15. Dude, as a fellow screamin eagle I see your picture and think of those I treated while deployed ! Spent 03-04 as BTN SGN in 1/327 . Also – a fellow mudder and you inspire me! YOU are a hero!

  16. Hey Noah,

    We met at Stephen and Elizabeth’s b-day party last month. How’s everything going? It was great talking to you, maybe we can all hang out together again soon.


  17. I am relieved by your determination. Reading Black Hearts and learned of your injuries. Had expected to find alcohol and bitterness. Thanks.

    I am not at any disadvantage in life and your efforts help me to make the best of myself and my present circumstances.

    You are in my prayers and I thank you for the danger you took on behalf of all of us.

  18. Noah, you look like one tough SOB, I have been diagnosed with CRPS IN THE UPPER LEFT EXTREMITIES so far! I would love to try to fight this any way I can any suggestions?I dont remember who left me your name ,but I am glad they did you quite one hell of BAD ASS AMERICAN!

  19. Dear Noah…
    Let me start by saying … Ima101stArmyMom, HOOAH♡…My only child, Sgt. Rob Gardner 1/320th was deployed to Iraq for the 1st time in Sept 2005 with you. He subsiquently went back again in 2007 and Thankfully I am one of the Moms that got my Son back without injury. I simply wanted to say Hooah young man and God bless you, your family and ALL of your brothers and sisters in arms…I love you all in a way the only a Mother can…The 101st owns my heart forever!!

    1. Cindee,

      Wow, thank you for your son’s service – what is his name? As you can imagine Noah is rather busy in NYC, but we’d LOVE to let Noah know your son is home safe!

      -Team Noah

  20. what an inspiration you are, in both your service to your country and not allowing your disability to disable you. I have shown your story to my son who had a transverse myelopathy at the age of 20 which left him with muscle atrophy and muscle weakness on his right side (due to nerve damage). He, too, has not allowed his disability to disable him. 4 years on he still goes to the gym every day to work on his stubborn body. I have the greatest admiration for both of you and I am sure that you are a wonderful role model for your children.

  21. Mr. Galloway,
    Came across your story. Amazing. It’s people like you that make physical therapists like me believe in human potential. God put people like you on Earth to help others. You have in so many ways. More than you or I will ever know.

    I am doing some genealogy work for my dad. We go back to Marshall Galloway from Maryland and who fought in the Revolutionary War. If you think we may be related or would like some info on it for yourself, you got my email.

    God Bless,
    John Galloway

  22. Mr. Noah,
    How are you? I saw your article and it really inspired me. If you overcome being an amputee then you seem like a hero that can overcome anything. I have been going through some difficult times and just wondered if I might be able to talk to you about tips to overcome it. Please e-mail me if you can. would mean a lot to me. Thank you sir.

  23. I saw you on Ellen. Your story is the most inspiring one I have ever heard. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have had both knees replacement. Still difficulty walking – have a very significant limp. But your story gives me hope.

    God bless you!

  24. Noah…THANK YOU so very much for your service to our country. I am retired from the military after 23 yrs. of service and my nephew served in Afghanistan and is currently training as an Army Ranger. So we understand your pride and determination.
    You are a shining example of a true soldier that never gives up no matter what the circumstances are!

  25. Noah, as I sat in my bedroom today folding laundry, I was fortunate enough to be watching Ellen, and saw someone who I easily connected to. …you. Although I have never been in the military, fired a gun, nor God forbid had to deal with losing any limbs physically, I have gone through depression and felt the loss of an emotional and familial limb, 2 years ago today. I lost my grandmother to cancer. Just like you said you felt anger over losing your limbs because you’re an active person, I felt anger, rage, wanted everyone I encountered to feel hurt and sometimes went out of my way to hurt them emotionally. I drank everyday because reality vanished at the bottom of the bottle. I finally came out the other side and grieved, cried and still do every once in a while when I think of a fond memory, smell a certain scent or hear something that would make her smile. Thank you from beyond the bottom of my heart for speaking so candidly today. You’re an extremely special man, saved for greatness more than you’ve already done. Thank you sir for your service and as my grams would say, (In the good way) “Bless your heart”.

    Cheers to living life with #NoExcuses

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