Honor in the Valley of Tears
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A feature length documentary about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient 1st Sgt. David H. McNerney and the men of A-Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry of the 4th Infantry Division that he trained and led into a bloody, yet forgotten battle near Polei Doc in the Central Highlands of Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. This area was later known as The Valley of Tears. In the men's own words, through the stories they recount, the film gives us insight into the time these men spent together and the bond they formed that remains unbroken to this day. The men of A-Company trained together for eleven months and served together for one year. Their story begins with basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1965 and continues 40 years later at their 40th reunion in September 2007. The highlight of the film is a detailed, first-hand account of their intense combat encounters, including the events of March 22, 1967 (for which Sgt. McNerney was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor). He is celebrated by the men he trained and served with and whose lives he saved. Conceived by Executive Producer John A. Ponsoll, whose father served with A-Company and documented his tour of duty with a Kodak slide camera, the film honors the memory of A-Company 1/8 and their incredible courage and dedication to one another.
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The man who lead these men to war--how much larger can a man be who trains them for survival and then requests to go back a third time to Vietnam so he can protect the ones he trained. Truely this man is a great hero and should be remembered for all time. I think if people could have seen these truths in 1968, just maybe all the boys who returned could have been welcomed a heros welcome, instead of the welcome they received coming home. After WWII many movies were made, but Vietnam was the opposite, we avoided talking about it and hollywood thought it was so unpopular they feared making a mistake. Finally, this battle becomes documented history.
Anyway, this is a movie worth seeing if you want to hear the real thing about Vietnam and understand the bond between real men, buy it.
If you been there and seen, smelled,and lived it you are forever changed. The bonds made in combat are forever, your buddies become closer that family,you eat live fight and cry together That what this film is about. the bond of the men of A company 1BN 8 Inf and thier sister companies B & C companies.First Sargent Mcneery was one of the most soft spoken,nicest man you could meet. I ment him at a 4th Inf.Div. Assoc. reunion. The men of A company were lucky to have him. May he rest in peace he's with his men again waiting for the rest to come home.
I was not disappointed, and was in fact impressed with the depth and detail of the interviews and the overall accuracy of the depiction. Since returning from Vietnam in 1968 I have been searching for some way to help those close to me get some kind of accurate description of that experience - without my having to tell the stories myself. Hollywood ("Platoon," "Full Metal Jacket," and "Apocalypse Now" just to name a few) has failed miserably in the accuracy department, and has generally denigrated the GIs who were there. "We Were Soldiers" was better, but it was still Hollywood. "Honor in the Valley of Tears" breaks new ground for depth, insight, empathy and accuracy. It covers most of the experience, from the intensity of battle to the horror of the death of innocents, and it covers it better than any other attempt at journalism about Vietnam that I've ever seen.
I highly recommend "Honor in the Valley of Tears" to anyone who wants to better understand combat and its effects on the participants, and I recommend it particularly to any Vietnam vet who wants to help those close to him better understand what it was all about. My thanks go to the producers for an important job done very well indeed.
There are so many aspects of the production that make it 1st class; from the in depth, candid interviews with the surviving members of the company, to the video and stills used from personal collections, then the choice of music score (definitely not hit music of that era)which we've all heard before.
I found that understanding the perspectives of the surviving members along with the details of their bonding together to form an outstanding company is what made a company that survived an ordeal of this magnitude.
I doubt many people have even heard of,let alone remember this life changing event.