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The Army veteran's girlfriend surprises him after dancing in her honor

By Nicole Sands
Updated March 24, 2015 09:40 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Noah Galloway

Love conquers all for Noah Galloway.

On Monday night, Galloway, 33, was surprised by his girlfriend Jamie Boyd after he dominated the samba with his professional partner, Sharna Burgess, 29, to Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey” on Dancing with the Stars.

“It was a huge surprise – probably the best surprise I’ve ever had,” Galloway told PEOPLE backstage of Boyd showing up. “It was amazing.”

The double amputee and Army veteran cherished last night’s performance and had dedicated the dance to Boyd – who had been away in Montana for the last six months, training to become an Army Reserve specialist – before he realized she was there.

“I pick her up in two days,” Galloway told co-host Erin Andrews, immediately after his performance that received a score of 27/40. But Galloway was soon surprised Boyd by sneaking up on him.

“I was brought to tears and they were giving me Kleenex back and forth, so I was like, ‘Pull it together because I have to go out there,’ ” Boyd said about how she was feeling backstage before she stormed the dance floor.