|Sgt. Gagliano's unit was conducting a reconnaissance patrol on January 7, 2006, when insurgents attacked using small-arms fire, severely injuring two of the Marines. Gagliano could not pinpoint the exact location of the assault, yet immediately directed his squad to return fire in the direction of the enemies as he threw a smoke grenade to help conceal the group.|
Another unit member was shot as he attempted to retrieve one of the fallen Marines. Gagliano had one team continue to lay down suppressive fire as he led another team into the street to recover the wounded Marines on three separate occasions.
Despite the insurgents' heavy fire, Gagliano eventually got his team, including the three casualties, to a safer location. He then set up a casualty collection point for the medical evacuation team, and helped direct the aiding Coalition forces to the suspected enemy position.
For his efforts, Gagliano received the Bronze Star Medal on September 27, 2006.