Each 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 Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young. In November 1965, some 450 men ...
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, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.
This book gives an hour by hour account (almost!) of the first battle that the Americans had with the North Vietnamese in 1967. The book was written in 1992 after extensive investigation by the author - meeting with the Vietnamese General who hadThis book gives an hour by hour account (almost!) of the first battle that the Americans had with the North Vietnamese in 1967. The book was written in 1992 after extensive investigation by the author - meeting with the Vietnamese General who had led the Vietnamese against the Americans in battle. The bravery of these young men is staggering. Little did they know then just how long the war was to last - or what the outcome would be. General Moore led the Americans - he was there at the front all the time, and he acknowledges the bravery of the NVA soldiers. The Americans fought against overwhelming odds in terms of men - but their helicopter and fire power was far superior to the NVA. The battle of Ia Drang was one of sacrifice, courage and endurance. A first class book!...Continua Nascondi