We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. MooreEach year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandants choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.
In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, mans most heroic and horrendous endeavor.
We Were Soldiers
By Anita Busch. Hal Moore, the decorated Army chief whose life was depicted in the Vietnam film We Were Soldiers based on his own book, has died. He was He was the kind of leader who showed men the heroism in their hearts. The last time I talked with Hal, he told me that all he wanted to do is see his wife Julie again.
Retired Lt. Hal Moore, whose book about his experience in Vietnam was made into the movie "We Were Soldiers," died Friday, just a few days short of his 95th birthday. Moore, who the Army described as a "legendary combat leader," died at his home in Auburn, Alabama, according to the statement. He is survived by three sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Moore was preceded in death by his wife, Julie Compton, in Within 20 minutes of the first shot of that deadly battle, Moore's battalion was vastly outnumbered and assaulted by hundreds of enemy furiously determined to overrun the Americans, according to the Army. After a three-day bloodbath, the enemy quit the field, leaving more than of their dead on the battlefield.
Directed by Randall Wallace. With Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott. The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the.
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Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway , it dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, Viet Minh commander Nguyen Huu An orders his soldiers to "kill all they send, and they will stop coming". Eleven years later, the United States is fighting the Vietnam War. After arriving in Vietnam, he learns that an American base has been attacked , and is ordered to take his men after the enemy and eliminate the North Vietnamese attackers, despite the fact that intelligence has no idea of the number of enemy troops. Moore leads a newly created air cavalry unit into the Ia Drang Valley. After landing in the "Valley of Death", the soldiers capture a North Vietnamese soldier and learn from him that the location they were sent to is actually the base camp for a veteran North Vietnamese army division of 4, men.