Sailor with local ties recognized as sailor of the quarter onboard Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock

From press reports

PORT HURON, Mich. — John L. Gallagher, a native of Kosciusko, Miss., was recognized as Sailor of the Quarter onboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, during a ceremony here, Friday.

The award, presented here by Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, is given to a member of the ship’s crew who has demonstrated outstanding work ethic, leadership, team spirit, and selfless service to his or her shipmates.

His parents, John and Jenni Gallagher, reside in Carmack, Mississippi. He is married to Jade Carter Gallagher of Louisville.

Gallagher is an electronics technician aboard the Hollyhock, one of the Coast Guard’s two 225-foot seagoing buoy-tender/icebreakers on the Great Lakes, and has six years of active-duty service.

The Hollyhock is named after a previous Coast Guard cutter that operated from 1937 to 1982. The new Hollyhock was built in 2003 and is the 14th seagoing buoy-tender built for the U.S. Coast Guard by Marinette Marine Corporation, Manitowoc, Wis.

As an electronics technician, Gallagher is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the ship’s electronics. Gallagher also contributes to the Hollyhock’s watch rotation by standing underway junior officer of the deck, inport security watch, and inport engineering officer of the watch.