We were Soldiers Once...And Young by Harold G. Moore
Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam

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The New York Times bestseller, hailed as a “powerful and epic story . . . the best account of infantry combat I have ever read, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War” by Col. David Hackworth, author of the bestseller 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.
 

About Harold G. Moore

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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.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Open Road Media. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction

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During mid-November 1965, Moore (then a lieutenant colonel) led 450 officers and men from the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division into the Ia Drang Valley, a trackless waste near Vietnam's border with Cambodia that served as a Communist sanctuary and infiltration route into Vietnam's Central Highlands.

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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 surrou

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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.

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Book Reporter

Read an Excerpt The North Vietnamese soldier that Colonel Harold Moore's men captured in the Central Highlands of Vietnam on November 14, 1965 delivered chilling news: "There are three battalions [of Vietcong] on the mountain who very much want to kill Americans but have not been able to find any."

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Entertainment Weekly

And there's Gibson, a road warrior who, at 46, knows himself well enough to subdivide his large personality into projects as varied as ''What Women Want'' (romantic-comedy Gibson), ''The Patriot'' (violent, weird Gibson), ''Chicken Run'' (delightfully silly Gibson), and this honorable expression ...

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Christian Science Monitor

Writing a first-person book about the last big war in the midst of today’s war can be tricky.

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PopMatters

It wasn't so long ago that U.S. war movies opened like other movies, with premieres attended by movie stars and journalists who describe what they're wearing.

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Deseret News

Like the casualty-heavy, real-life skirmish it's based on, "We Were Soldiers" begins to go awry as soon as the fighting starts.

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Nights and Weekends

The former as the commander of the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry, and the latter as the only reporter at the scene during the battle have interviewed hundreds of soldiers from both sides to complete this book.

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Military.com

"Old enemies and new friends" is the theme binding We Are Soldiers Still, as old soldier Moore and veteran journalist Galloway march together down Memory Lane.

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News Review.

But if the characterizations of Moore, his men and their wives make them appear less than fully three-dimensional (and if the North Vietnamese are hardly characterized at all except as resourceful fighters and valiant foes), at least Wallace, in the battle scenes that make up most of We Were Sold...

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The Trades

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Rolling Stone

We Were Soldiers, an unabashedly pro-military look at the first major battle of the Vietnam era, has an impact that transcends politics and some dramatic overreaching by writer-director Randall Wallace.

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Variety

But since it's not Moore's job to question orders, only to "find the enemy and kill him," he does the best he can, and the film's final 90 minutes documents the hellish three days, beginning on Nov. 14, 1965, that 395 Americans fought off about 2,000 People's Army regulars in the first major fire...

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