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

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

by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway
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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway

New York Times Bestseller: A “powerful and epic story . . . the best account of infantry combat I have ever read” (Col. David Hackworth, author of About Face).
 In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Harold 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 brutally slaughtered. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. They were the first major engagements between the US Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam.
 How these Americans persevered—sacrificing themselves for their comrades and never giving up—creates a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring. Lt. Gen. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway—the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting—interviewed hundreds of men who fought in the battle, including the North Vietnamese commanders. Their poignant account rises above the ordeal it chronicles to depict men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have once found unimaginable. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man’s most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

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ISBN-13: 9781453293591
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 453
Sales rank: 13,035
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) was a master parachutist and Army aviator who 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. Joseph L. Galloway is the author of a weekly syndicated column on military and national security affairs. He recently retired as senior military correspondent of Knight-Ridder newspapers. Galloway spent twenty-two years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly twenty years as a senior editor for U.S. News & World Report

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We Were Soldiers Once ....and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
HomeriusMark More than 1 year ago
I was not even alive during the Vietnam war and the only feelings I gather that were prevalent at the time are old news clips of anti-war protests and movies like "Platoon" and "Full Metal Jacket" that painted the war as disturbing; what war isn't disturbing? "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young" gave me a detailed, realistic account not of the politics of the war but of the essence of war itself. Too often we find ourselves so wrapped up in the politics of war that we forget the most important aspect of the discussion which is the valor, courage, and life of our soldiers. The book highlights these redeeming qualities of war time virtues and sets soldiers in the context of a battle with bullets, blood, and brutality. It allows us a glance and a vicarious interaction with the men of the Air Cav as well as the men in the tan uniforms on the other side. We are reminded what war is really about, for those of us who have not experienced it and who may not know, it is about the man next to you in battle. It is about the man or the men who have been cut off from the rest of the group whose lives are being held on a very thin and quickly deteriorating string. It is about the guy who operates the artillery pieces five miles away who does not see the carnage or the faces of death but who through his efforts saves countless lives and prevents more carnage and death. I fully agree with General H.Norman Schwarzkopf, that this "should be 'must' reading for all Americans, especially those who have been led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game." You become absorbed in the death as well as the brotherhood of battle. You learn such virtues as "heroism and sacrifice." If you want to know the raw essence of war, read this book. It is raw, realistic, and unscathed by the body of politics; an instant classic in the genre of military non-fiction and epic.
BillCA More than 1 year ago
I read extensively and primarily military history. We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, is one of the best. Well researched and well written. It is truly a story every American should read. Hal Moore describes each battle with clarity and emotion, describing the extreme valor and dedication of the American soldier. He also addresses the failings of American policy in Viet Nam and the mistakes of senior leadership, civilian and military. Truly a must read book.
TheCollinParsonsProject More than 1 year ago
   We Were Soldiers Once… And Young narrates the gripping story of the first major battles in the Vietnam War: LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany. This book masterfully recreates every element of both battles; it makes you feel like you were really there. You fly in with every soldier, fight with every soldier, and watch as your brothers in arms die beside you. The book leaves you with an incredible sense of loss at the numerous American soldiers dead before their time and with a strong feeling of thanks for those who continue to fight for the United States of America.    Landing Zone X-Ray is the main focus of the book, as General (then Colonel) Hal Moore commands the battalion that landed here, the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry. Nothing is left out; the entire harrowing account of the actions at LZ X-Ray is vividly recreated in the words of this book. Every moment of the battle is described, from the initial landing to the loss of Lt. Henry Herrick’s 2nd platoon, Bravo Company to the final policing of the battlefield. In addition to the heroic events that took place at LZ X-Ray, the book also describes the battle at Landing Zone Albany only some miles away where the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry was nearly destroyed. Unlike X-Ray, Gen. Hal Moore was not present at LZ Albany, but there is no loss of detail or story. The joy, suspense, and grief of the tale at LZ Albany is conveyed masterfully.    This is not the type of book that spends half of its words setting up the scene; it throws you right into the action. However, this does not mean to say that there is no element of set-up to the story as the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chapters provide significant background information. Although this background information is more than sufficient to provide background to the story, it was difficult to visualize the structure of the army (Platoon-Company-Battalion-Division) during the first chapters without previously knowing it. Additionally, in order to fully understand the story as well as the people and groups within the battle at X-Ray, you need to know the geography of LZ X-Ray and where each platoon was positioned as well as the dates they were positioned there (don’t worry, there are multiple maps in the front of the book that illustrate these subjects).    We Were Soldiers Once… And Young led me on an emotional and philosophical rollercoaster. It made me question why the US went to Vietnam and what the results were. It made me laugh, bite my nails, smile, and cry (the last portion of the book describes the aftermath and the reception back in America), and I loved it. While the sometimes purely factual writing style may not appeal to some, the message of heroism, selflessness, loyalty, and sacrifice had me immersed in the story of the battle at Ia Drang from page one.
goosegaurd35 More than 1 year ago
Written by the most important man in the battle and a reporter. This book goes great with the movie. Once you read the book, the movie makes much more sense. One of my favorites.
jessearias More than 1 year ago
I read this in conjunction with a Vietnam history course I was taking in college. This book explains so much more than could ever be taught in college. It also gives an honest assessment of war and its results. A must read for any military buff or historian.
KerrProp More than 1 year ago
I now understand a little bit of what the Vietnam War means to the soldiers who were there and the families who lived through this war.
OMOCAM More than 1 year ago
Poignant, brutally honest, and heartbreaking recollections of our heroes in Vietnam. H Help honor these men and their loved ones by reading this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We Were Soldiers Once... And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway is a remarkable story of an event that has shaped history. The things that these men have done for our country will never be forgotten. This book shows some first hand experiences from the eyes of those who lived it. It describes some intense and truly unreal incidents in the Ia Drang Valley. As U.S. forces are dramatically outnumbered, they fight bravely, and they fight hard against the North Vietnamese Army. They are some of the first soldiers to use the new Helicopter attack strategies used to quickly mobilize soldiers. Personally I really like this book because it shows the little things that the movie doesn't show. Yes, there is a movie, and its good, but as usual, the book is much better. If your into military related books, or if you just want to read a good book, then I'd highly recommend this one. If your the type of person that doesn't want to read some graphic material this book is not for you. Theres nothing about this book that I don't like. This book scores an easy 5/5 for me.
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on a pace scale from 1-10, 10 being maximum ride, this book is a 15. don't start it unless you have time because it is extreamly hard to put down. you have to know more than the average joe about war to read it though. i recomend reading it while listening to music
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Im only on page 130 and this book is amazing.
beyer More than 1 year ago
good book
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