Details are emerging about the 19-year-old Navy hospital corpsman from Oregon who died in Afghanistan last week.
Riley Gallinger-Long died last week while conducting a patrol in Helmand province. Lieutenant Oliver David, says he will be sorely missed.
“It’s always a tough loss whenever we lose one of our corpsmen. They’re part of our fighting unit. Sailors and marines working side by side. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family and his friends.”
Gallinger-Long’s brother Zack told The Oregonian that the soldier was shot in the lower back while tending to a wounded Marine.
Riley Gallinger-Long graduated from Forest Grove High last year and was less than a month into his first deployment. The family paints a picture of an avid fisherman and a patriot who was born on the Fourth of July.
He hoped the military would prepare him for a future as a fire chief or emergency medical technician.
He is survived by his wife, Hope Gallinger-Long his identical twin, Wyatt Gallinger-Long, his mother Susan Blanchard and his father Jeff Gallinger.
His twin is stationed in Illinois and expects to be deployed to Afghanistan after finishing training.
A Facebook page setup to thank Gallinger-Long for his service already has about 1000 friends.