We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young: IA Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

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In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped 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 events constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. Told by the commander of the battalion and the only journalist on the ground through the fighting, this is the devastating, yet inspiring, story of those soldiers who sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up.
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In November 1965, America's involvement in the Vietnam War was just beginning. When 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, commanded by Lt. General Harold "Hal" Moore, were dropped into a clearing in the Ia Drang Valley, they were immediately surrounded by more than 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Another battalion was to take part in an intense battle less than two and a half miles away. The fighting would become some of the fiercest of the entire war. General Moore and journalist Joseph Galloway (the only journalist at the scene) recount the bravery displayed at Ia Drang.
Wall Street Journal
Between experiencing combat and reading about it lies a vast chasm. But this book makes you almost smell it.
New York Times Book Review
There are stories here that freeze the blood....The men who fought at Ia Drang could have no finer memorial than this one.
David Halberstam
A stunning achievement, a book that is not merely a book,but rather a monument to all the young men who were in thela Drang in those fateful November days—paper and words withthe permanence of marble. I read it and thought of The Red Badge of Courage, the highest compliment I can think of.
David Hackworth
A powerful and epic story . . . raw, gutty, and eye-stinging. This is the best account of infantry combat I have ever read, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War.
New York Times Book Review
There are stories here that freeze the blood....The men who fought at Ia Drang could have no finer memorial than this one.
Wall Street Journal
Between experiencing combat and reading about it lies a vast chasm. But this book makes you almost smell it.
H. Norman Schwarzkopf
We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young is a great book of militaryhistory, written the way military history should be written. It is agut-wrenching account of what war is really about, which shouldbe 'must' reading for all Americans, especially those who havebeen led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On Nov. 14, 1965, the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry, commanded by Lt. Col. Moore and accompanied by UPI reporter Galloway, helicoptered into Vietnam's remote Ia Drang Valley and found itself surrounded by a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese regulars. Moore and Galloway here offer a detailed account, based on interviews with participants and on their own recollections, of what happened during the four-day battle. Much more than a conventional battle study, the book is a frank record of the emotional reactions of the GIs to the terror and horror of this violent and bloody encounter. Both sides claimed victory, the U.S. calling it a validation of the newly developed doctrine of airmobile warfare. Supplemented with maps, the memoir is a vivid re-creation of the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War.
Library Journal
Ia Drang, in November 1965, was the first major battle fought by U.S. troops in Vietnam. It was also one of the fiercest. As a lieutenant colonel, Moore commanded the battalion that initiated the fighting. War correspondent Galloway accompanied Moore's troopers from start to finish. We Were Soldiers Once movingly depicts Ia Drang through the eyes of junior officers and enlisted men of the 1st Cavalry Division and their North Vietnamese opponents. The authors convincingly present Ia Drang as an archetype of a self-defeating U.S. strategy that emphasized wearing down a determined and skillful enemy on the battlefield. The result was an unacceptably high level of American losses for the results achieved. One of this book's most telling episodes is its depiction of an army so unprepared to deal with casualties that some telegrams notifying families of a son or husband killed at Ia Drang were delivered by Yellow Cab! Recommended for all collections.-- D.E. Showalter, U.S. Air Force Acad., Colorado Springs
Roland Green
This extraordinary account of the two major engagements in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965 is one of the year's best books about the Vietnam War. Written by one of the battalion commanders in the battle and a journalist who witnessed it, the book draws comprehensively on both published sources and survivors' accounts. The result provides a portrait of the U.S. Army at the opening of the Vietnam War as well as gripping accounts of infantry combat that exceed in emotional impact the majority of war novels. Additional dimension is added through the contributions of the widows and orphans of some of the battle's dead. It is impossible to imagine any significant Vietnam collection's being without this book.
From the Publisher
“A GUT-WRENCHING ACCOUNT OF WHAT WAR IS REALLY ALL ABOUT, which should be ‘must’ reading for all Americans, especially those who have been led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game.”
–GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF

“Hal Moore and Joe Galloway have captured the terror and exhilaration, the comradeship and self-sacrifice, the brutality and compassion that are the dark heart of war.”
–NEIL SHEEHAN, author of A Bright Shining Lie

“A powerful and epic story . . . This is the best account of infantry combat I have ever read, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War.”
–COLONEL DAVID HACKWORTH, author of the bestseller About Face

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786244959
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/2/2002
  • Series: Core Collection
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Moore was born in Kentucky and is a West Point graduate, a master parachutist, and an Army aviator. He commanded two infantry companies in the Korean War and was a battalion and brigade commander in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1977 with thirty-two years' service and then was executive vice president of a Colorado ski resort for four years before founding a computer software company. An avid outdoorsman, Moore and his wife, Julie, divide their time between homes in Auburn, Alabama, and Crested Butte, Colorado.
Joseph L. Galloway is a native Texan. At seventeen he was a reporter on a daily newspaper, at nineteen a bureau chief for United Press International. He spent fifteen years as a foreign and war correspondent based in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and the Soviet Union. Now a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report, he covered the Gulf War and coauthored Triumph Without Victory: The Unreported History of the Persian Gulf War. Galloway lives with his wife, Theresa, and sons, Lee and Joshua, on a farm in northern Virginia.

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Chapter One

Heat of Battle




You cannot choose your battlefield,
God does that for you;
But you can plant a standard
Where a standard never flew.
-- Stephen Crane, "The Colors"



The small bloody hole in the ground that was Captain Bob Edwards's Charlie Company command post was crowded with men. Sergeant Hermon R. Hostuttler, twenty-five, from Terra Alta, West Virginia, lay crumpled in the red dirt, dead from an AK-47 round through his throat. Specialist 4 Ernest E. Paolone of Chicago, the radio operator, crouched low, bleeding from a shrapnel wound in his left forearm. Sergeant James P. Castleberry, the artillery forward observer, and his radio operator, PFC Ervin L. Brown, Jr., hunkered down beside Paolone. Captain Edwards had a bullet hole in his left shoulder and armpit, and was slumped in a contorted sitting position, unable to move and losing blood. He was holding his radio handset to his ear with his one good arm. A North Vietnamese machine gunner atop a huge termite hill no more than thirty feet away had them all in his sights.

"We lay there watching bullets kick dirt off the small parapet around the edge of the hole," Edwards recalls. "I didn't know how badly I had been hurt, only that I couldn't stand up, couldn't do very much. The two platoon leaders I had radio contact with, Lieutenant William W. Franklin on my right and Lieutenant James L. Lane on Franklin's right, continued to report receiving fire, but had not been penetrated. I knew that my other two platoons were in bad shape and the enemy had penetrated to within hand-grenade range of mycommand post."

The furious assault by more than five hundred North Vietnamese regulars had slammed directly into two of Captain Edwards's platoons, a thin line of fifty Cavalry troopers who were all that stood between the enemy and my battalion command post, situated in a clump of trees in Landing Zone X-Ray, Ia Drang Valley, in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, early on November 15, 1965.

America had drifted slowly but inexorably into war in this far-off place. Until now the dying, on our side at least, had been by ones and twos during the "adviser era" just ended, then by fours and fives as the U.S. Marines took the field earlier this year. Now the dying had begun in earnest, in wholesale lots, here in this eerie forested valley beneath the 2,401-foot-high crest of the Chu Pong massif, which wandered ten miles back into Cambodia. The newly arrived 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) had already interfered with and changed North Vietnamese brigadier general Chu Huy Man's audacious plans to seize the Central Highlands. Now his goal was to draw the Americans into battle--to learn how they fought and teach his men how to kill them.

One understrength battalion had the temerity to land by helicopter right in the heart of General Man's base camp, a historic sanctuary so far from any road that neither the French nor the South Vietnamese army had ever risked penetrating it in the preceding twenty years. My battalion, the 450-man 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the U.S. Army, had come looking for trouble in the Ia Drang; we had found all we wanted and more. Two regiments of regulars of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN)--more than two thousand men--were resting and regrouping in their sanctuary near here and preparing to resume combat operations, when we dropped in on them the day before. General Man's commanders reacted with speed and fury, and now we were fighting for our lives.

One of Captain Edwards's men, Specialist 4 Arthur Viera, remembers every second of Charlie Company's agony that morning. "The gunfire was very loud. We were getting overrun on the right side. The lieutenant [Neil A. Kroger, twenty-four, a native of Oak Park, Illinois] came up in the open in all this. I thought that was pretty good. He yelled at me. I got up to hear him. He hollered at me to help cover the left sector."

Viera adds, "I ran over to him and by the time I got there he was dead. He had lasted a half-hour. I knelt beside him, took off his dog tags, and put them in my shirt pocket. I went back to firing my M-79 grenade launcher and got shot in my right elbow. The M-79 went flying and I was knocked down and fell back over the lieutenant. I had my .45 and fired it with my left hand. Then I got hit in the neck and the bullet went right through. Now I couldn't talk or make a sound.

"I got up and tried to take charge, and was shot a third time. That one blew up my right leg and put me down. It went in my leg above the ankle, traveled up, came back out, then went into my groin and ended up in my back, close to my spine. Just then two stick grenades blew up right over me and tore up both my legs. I reached down with my left hand and touched grenade fragments on my left leg and it felt like I had touched a red-hot poker. My hand just sizzled."

When Bob Edwards was hit he radioed for his executive officer, Lieutenant John Arrington, a twenty-three-year-old South Carolinian who was over at the battalion command post rounding up supplies, to come forward and take command of Charlie Company. Edwards says, "Arrington made it to my command post and, after a few moments of talking to me while lying down at the edge of the foxhole, was also hit and wounded. He was worried that he had been hurt pretty bad and told me to be sure and tell his wife that he loved her . . .

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young. Copyright © by Harold G. Moore. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Going to War
1. Heat of Battle 9
2. The Roots of Conflict 16
3. Boots and Saddles 44
4. The Land and the Enemy 58
X-Ray
5. Into the Valley 73
6. The Battle Begins 86
7. Closing with the Enemy 101
8. The Storm of Battle 121
9. Brave Aviators 139
10. Fix Bayonets! 156
11. Night Falls 174
12. A Dawn Attack 188
13. Friendly Fire 205
14. Rescuing the Lost Platoon 221
15. Night Fighters 235
16. Policing the Battlefield 249
17. It Ain't Over Till It's Over 262
Albany
18. A Walk in the Sun 277
19. Hell in a Very Small Place 296
20. Death in the Tall Grass 321
21. Escape and Evade 344
22. Night without End 356
23. The Sergeant and the Ghost 375
Aftermath
24. Mentioned in Dispatches 391
25. "The Secretary of the Army Regrets..." 413
26. Reflections and Perceptions 434
Epilogue 444
Appendix Where Have All the Young Men Gone? 447
Acknowledgments 471
Interviews and Statements 476
Chapter Notes 480
Selected Bibliography 513
Index 519
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First Chapter

Prologue


In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch'd
And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars...
-Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One, Act II, Scene 3

This story is about time and memories. The time was 1965, a different kind of year, a watershed year when one era was ending in America and another was beginning. We felt it then, in the many ways our lives changed so suddenly, so dramatically, and looking back on it from a quarter-century gone we are left in no doubt. It was the year America decided to directly intervene in the Byzantine affairs of obscure and distant Vietnam. It was the year we went to war. In the broad, traditional sense, that "we" who went to war was all of us, all Americans, though in truth at that time the larger majority had little knowledge of, less interest in, and no great concern with what was beginning so far away.

So this story is about the smaller, more tightly focused "we" of that sentence: the first American combat troops, who boarded World War II-era troopships, sailed to that little-known place, and fought the first major battle of a conflict that would drag on for ten long years and come as near to destroying America as it did to destroying Vietnam.

The Ia Drang campaign was to the Vietnam War what the terrible Spanish Civil War of the 1930s was to World War II: a dress rehearsal; the place where new tactics, techniques, and weapons were tested, perfected, and validated. In the Ia Drang, both sides claimed victory and both sides drew lessons, some of them dangerously deceptive, which echoed and resonated throughout the decade of bloody fighting and bitter sacrifice that was to come.

This is aboutwhat we did, what we saw, what we suffered in a thirty-four-day campaign in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands of South Vietnam in November 1965, when we were young and confident and patriotic and our countrymen knew little and cared less about our sacrifices.

Another war story, you say? Not exactly, for on the more important levels this is a love story, told in our own words and by our own actions. We were the children of the 1950s and we went where we were sent because we loved our country. We were draftees, most of us, but we were proud of the opportunity to serve that country just as our fathers had served in World War II and our older brothers in Korea. We were members of an elite, experimental combat division trained in the new art of airmobile warfare at the behest of President John F. Kennedy.

Just before we shipped out to Vietnam the Army handed us the colors of the historic 1st Cavalry Division and we all proudly sewed on the big yellow-and-black shoulder patches with the horsehead silhouette. We went to war because our country asked us to go, because our new President, Lyndon B. Johnson, ordered us to go, but more importantly because we saw it as our duty to go. That is one kind of love.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Go Get It !

    This book was outstanding it took a very large ordeal and shrunk it to the story of the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry. And the personal accounts that these people had in the Ia Drang valley in Vietnam. This was one of the most significant events in America¿s history. There were some 450 men in this battalion; they were immediately surrounded by some 2000 Vietnamese soldiers that would only stop fighting when they were all dead. It told the story of the unselfishness that our American soldiers have for each other; probably one of the most touching events through out the book. These soldiers cared for each other all the way through the battle. I recommend this book to people who like attention grabbing books because this was definitely one of them. Also if you like learning about Americas history this is the book for you it hits many points and makes you question what we did and why did we do it. I personally don¿t like to read but this book was well worth it and I did not want to put it down once I started reading it. So I do highly recommend this to everyone it¿s a great read full of action and now I want to go rent the movie to see all the action that I visualized while reading. So don¿t sit there and read anymore of this and go get the book what are you waiting for? Go get it now¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    enter the valley with hal moore and remember forever !

    if you enjoyed the movie, you will be fasinated with this read.i had never seen the movie before reading the book and have to say i was thankful for it.as this personal and heroic story unfolds you become completely captivated with the larger than life characters, who truely are our american heros.i was left with so many vivid accounts and historical facts. i often find myself referencing back to the book to find a piticular paragragh which i cant get out of my thoughts... highly recommended for anyone who is fond of history.after seeing hal moore being interviewed on a news program i had to get his story--- fasinating

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    The best war story I've ever read

    I borrowed the book from a friend more than 10 years ago, watched the movie when it was released, then bought my own hardcover, and surfed the web for all related articles. If that's not an indication of the power of this story, what is? However, it is just now becoming clear that the American government and its military are ready to waste American lives just to experiment on the ways to 'improve' warfare and test it's men and equipment in the guise of freedom and honor. How interesting but at the same time, how sad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    As real as one can get....outstanding

    As I was reading this book i felt like i was right there in the battle. The real life accounts as told by the soldiers who were there made this a truly remarkable book.I have read about 7 books about vietnam and found this one the best.Very easy to read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    stunning accounts of bravery and heroism for any history buff

    this was very interesting and took this conflict from a large scale picture to a very personel and brave account.the characters stand out in my mind as vivid as if i was actually there..........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2004

    excellent

    A recounting of a horrific battle. Tells a great story but also exeplifies honor and courage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    The Truth Revealed About Vietnam

    This book is very moving and showes the intensity of many of the battles fought in the Vietnam War. I my self have meet General Hale Moore and his wife. It shows that he is a great man because he is now friends with the general that he fought against during this battle and sent a letter to a fallen vietnamese soldiers wife to pay his condolances to them and that her husband fought well during the battle. All in all this was a very good book and I think that anyone would be happy to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Riviting journey through the first battle of Nam.

    Who knew how the US really got into the Vietnam War? The book We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Joseph Galloway, through the eyes of Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, explains in great detail the first major battle of the Vietnam War. Lt. Moore had a large military background. He had been in the army since age 18 and fought in Korea. The military picked Lt. Moore to be in charge of their first major operation. They would be going into the Ia Drang valley, known to all military personnel as X-Ray. Lt. Moore was going to lead 300 men into battle, 60 men at a time by helicopter. Outnumbered 3000 to 300 Lt. Moore and his troops came through victorious, but with several casualties. I thought this was a great book because when you were reading you could never tell what was going to happen next. It was written with enough detail to make you feel like you were there. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Amazing!!!!!!

    I havn,t read the whole thing but it is great. Is a very respectful acount of the battle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Wow

    Im only on page 130 and this book is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    An excellent book about the courage and bravery displayed by the men who fought together at LZ X-Ray.

    Any historian would love to read this book. The descriptions of battle in Vietnam are so vivid that it is hard to believe the events actually took place. A gripping story of intense combat. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    Best War History Written

    This book should be required reading for all military officers and military historians. Within its pages are vivid descriptions of every aspect on the Battle of LZs X-ray and Albany, including what the men went through, what the people back home went through and what the politicians thought of it all. Each US soldier who lost his life is remembered vividly; no disrespect towards the enemy is paid. Despite being written by two men who survived the battle, it is one of the fairest accounts of a battle researched and written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    LEADERSHIP INSPIRATIONAL

    Excellent reading and very hard to set down. Lt General Hal Moore is the poster boy for what a leader should act and be like. He is the first one in and the last one out. His actions follow his words. The men he commanded respected their leader because they knew that Hal was fighting right beside them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    simulare characteristics of Moore and Custer.

    LACKS in AIRMOBILE , INFANTRY TATICS When no one wrote about them, They wrote their own Books. Both were considered too Flamboyent, by fellow officers. And not well liked. George Armstrong Custer ( His men called him yellow hair ) Commander of the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry at the battle of the Little Bighorn. The Indians would wipe the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry out to a man. Starting the Indian wars, The UNITED STATES would unite and almost wipe out all the Indians taking their lands and putting them on Reservations LT. Col. Harold G. Moore ( His men called him yellow hair ) Commander 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry at the battle of Landing Zone X-Ray November the 14,1965 Pleiku Provance of South Vietnam. Moore's men with help from the reinforcement's ( Bco 2/7 ) saves Landing Zone X-RAY. Starting the Vietnam war. Which almost tears the United States apart. Both Battles ( The Little Bighorn ) and ( Landing Zone X-Ray ) were fought by the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry. On a Sunday, In a Valley, By a River, In tall Grass and near a Large Mountian or Hill top. Both Commanders were told the size of the enemy troops. By their Scouts. But didnt belive them. Scout to Custer 'There is a very very large Indian camp down there.' Custer 'Where I dont see any camp' Intelligence Lieutenant to Moore 'There is the possibiy of a PAVN Regiment near the Chu Pong mountain. Moore that didn't really bother me. Both the Commanders wanted to force the Enemy to stand and fight, As the enemy's tatics were hit and run. Custer in the lead charges into the valley his troops behind, to cut off the Indians, So they couldn't escape on to the plains. Moore in the lead Huey charges in to the Valley his troop behind, He would be the first one on Landing Zone X-Ray, hopeing the North Vietnamese or the Viet Cong wouldn't excape in to the mountians and into Cambodia. Both would get their wish. The Indians and North Vietnamese would send 1,000 or more men out to meet the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry. The Commanders then realized that the size of the enemy forces was true. their scouts were right They were out numbered. Both battles were defensive. After the initial charge by the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry They would pull back, Circle the wagons and let the enemy throw them selves at their defense's. Custer didn't have renforcements, It would take weeks to get them, His supplies were miles behind him. The 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry was wiped out to the man. Moore didnt have that problem 'I had something Custer didn't, Reinforcements with in Hours. But Moore forgot to lay on supplies and water for his troops. Moore's Men with the help of the Reinforcements ( Bco 2/7 ) save Landing Zone X-Ray. starting the Vietrnam War. It would almost destroy the United States. Their Troops FOUGHT VALIANTLY. What happend to Moore's H-hour. Moore Get's his H-hour confused with the Attack time in the mission order. H-hour in air assault terms is difined as the time the lead helicopter touches down on the Landing Zone. Moore puts the H-hour at H-1030. He then gets word the Artillary cant fire until H-1017. H-hour get delayed. 1 incremint? ( usually 15 minutes ). So that should make H-hour, H-1045. But Moore ( who is in the lead Huey ) dosent set foot on LZ X-Ray until H-1048, 3 minutes late.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    Military review in leadership

    This book is an outstanding account of a great lesson in leadership. Though this book offers a vivid and genuine portrayal of the certain hell that is ¿close combat¿ with a trained and vigilant enemy, its real values are found in the nuggets of leadership provided throughout by LTG Moore. This book is not necessarily about tactics or the greatness of individuals, it's about the courage of warriors in the face of extreme hardship and about the building of a combat effective team. It is one of the most recommended books for leaders in the United States Army today and appears in nearly every "reading list" published from the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) on down the chain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    From Spencer Toews

    An exellent story of the Vietnam war, i've only seen the movie but am looking forward to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    LACKS in AIRMOBILE , INFANTRY TATICS

    FICTION: Fabarication applies particulary to a false but carefully invented statement or a series of statements, in which some truth is sometimes interwoven, the whole usually intended to deceive. The Greatest Hero 'People everywhere are smitten- With a tale that is written. Once a hero's deeds are known- They're as good as etched in stone. Every word, folks take to heart- And think this makes them very smart. Amazing how the very wise- Never stop to realize- That what they read may not be true. Groo Moral: Even when the words are true the may not speak the truth Groo Crandall 'Moore wanted Aviation present, to be part of his Staff'. Moore, Crandall or his ALO had to coordinate the flight time from Plei Me to X-Ray, flight routes, fire support, resupply, Medevac Huey. Moore couldnt plan the operation with out Crandall present. Leadership Principle 1 Be Technically and Tactically Proficent To know you job thoroughly, you must posses not only specific knowledge of its details but also a broad general knowledge concerning its area of intrest. you should be competent in combat operations and training as well as in the technical and admimistrative aspects of your duties. If you demonstrate deficincies in these functions,your subordinates will lose confidance in you as a leader. Moore under the delusion he come up with new tatic for the 1st lift would doom his men. for the want of a nail, The 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry. As the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray would grind up, The Troops, Helicopters and Artillary. Making them unavalible for other units. Leading to the walk to Landing Zone Albany by the 2/7. Keep abreast of current military devolopements. Moore 'I thought up a new technique for the inital lift. There are only two types of Air assaults. The ground Commander ( Moore ) must concider two general types of Airmobile assault when preparing the ground tatical plan. These types of assaults differ primarily in the proximity of the LZ to the assault objective The first and preferred type is the landing of the assault ehelons immediately on, or adjacent to, the objective The secound type of assault involves landing a distance from the objective in a secure LZ, and requires assembly, reorganization, and movement to an attack position prior to the assault on the objective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    An outstanding book!

    We Were Soldiers Once.... And Young is an outstanding book. It is a gut wrenching account of what war truely is. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a factual account of war and an interest in the life of a soldier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    The Birth of Air Cav

    This book details not only the battle but the birth of US Army Aviation's Air Cav concept which was crucial in fighting the Viet Nam War. As VietNam Vet and aviation specialist, this book is intriguing and accurate in the account of this horrific battle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    Best Vietnam War Book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We Were Soldiers Once...And Young was one of the best war books I have ever read. It is jammed packed with action, excellent details, and excerpts from the people that were actually there. This is the book to buy!!!

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