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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004
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“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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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 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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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The book is incredibly detailed. The amount of research and the intense eye for details are frankly incredible. At first it was a bit overwhelming with all the names and background of the soldiers involved, but I quickly grew to feel like I knew them.. and when things went wrong you felt a sadness that only a masterful writer can bring up in the reader. I truly felt like I was there with them and could clearly see the battlefield in my mind as I kept reading page after page.
The soldiers involved in the Ia Drang battle showed incredible courage, amazing character and a caring and love for each other that society in general could learn a lot from. While thrown into what must have been a living Hell they stood their ground and let their excellent training guide them through. It must have been very hard for these soldiers to go back in time and live through these days in detail again, but I am glad they did because the end result is incredibly gripping.
This book should definitely be read by anybody who are interested in war history, Vietnam or the military. The leadership skills shown are something any leader, military or civilian, can learn a lot from. The rest of us need to read it to try to understand what happened, understand the stress the soldiers went through and remember. Remember and never forget.
Hal Moore is central to the story but the hundreds of other small acts of bravery performed in this first great battle would have gone unreported and unremembered were it not for this brutally honest account.
I don't care if you are an old person (as I have become) or a young person wanting to know what your dad or grandfather did. If in any way this applies, get this book. These men did heroic things. They were recipients of horrific things. They stood hard and fast. This is what war is all about, which I learned a couple years later.
These guys have earned being remembered. Please, please honor them.
The description of Moore's visits to family of he dead soldiers was gut wrenching.
I like how it was told from two sides (the soldiers with some stories of their families). I like how the book was raw/gritty with first hand about the fighting and raw "hate" for the enemy. But when the battles was over, years later, the respect shown to the commanders on the Vietnamese side was clear.
As a solider he just watched as politics stripped their ability train/fight and it must have been brutal to do his job knowing their was always one hand tied behind his back.