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.
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Kill Bill: Vol. Sign in. The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore played by Mel Gibson , we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between U.
Hal Moore says, "when he realized he'd moved his men into slaughter. Plumley, his right-hand man, replies, "Sir, Custer was a p Moore Mel Gibson is a family man, and a Harvard graduate who studies international relations. Plumley Sam Elliott is an Army lifer, hard, brave, unsentimental. They are both about as good as battle leaders get. But by the end of that first battle, they realize they may be in the wrong war. The reference to Custer is not coincidence.
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American intervention Post- Paris Peace Accords — It is notable for being the first large scale helicopter air assault and also the first use of Boeing B Stratofortress strategic bombers in a tactical support role. Surrounded and under heavy fire from a numerically superior force, the American forces at LZ X-ray were able to hold off and drive back the North Vietnamese forces over three days of battle, largely through the support of both air power and heavy artillery bombardment, which the North Vietnamese lacked. LZ X-ray was considered an American tactical victory, as the Americans were able to exact an almost kill ratio. At LZ Albany, the American forces were ambushed in close quarters.
Prior to Nov. Army had never met its North Vietnamese counterpart in a major battle. They were surrounded, outnumbered, and locked in a fight for survival against trained and battle-hardened North Vietnamese regulars. The American soldiers were far from friendly lines. Reinforcements were a long way off and had to be flown in by helicopter. Led by Col. Hal Moore, played by Mel Gibson in the film, those on the ground had only the men to their left and right to rely on.
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