- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (October 20, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679411585
- ISBN-13: 978-0679411581
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,082 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We Were Soldiers Once...And Young: Ia Drang The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam Hardcover – October 20, 1992
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In the first significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965. Its prose is gritty, not artful, delivering a powerful punch of here-and-now descriptions that could only have been written by people actually on the scene. In fact, they were: Harold Moore commanded the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, who did most of the fighting, and Joseph Galloway was the only reporter present throughout the battle's 34 harrowing days. We Were Soldiers Once... combines their memories with more than 100 in-depth interviews with survivors on both sides. The Battle of Ia Drang also highlights a technological advance that would play an enormous role in the rest of the war: this was perhaps the first place where helicopter-based, air-mobile operations demonstrated their combat potential. At bottom, however, this is a tale of heroes and heroism, some acts writ large, others probably forgotten but for this telling. It was a bestseller when first published, and remains one of the better books available on combat during the Vietnam War. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
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 surrounded by a numerically superior force of North Vietnamese regulars. Moore and Galloway here offer a detailed account, based on interviews with participants and on their own recollections, of what happened during the four-day battle. Much more than a conventional battle study, the book is a frank record of the emotional reactions of the GIs to the terror and horror of this violent and bloody encounter. Both sides claimed victory, the U.S. calling it a validation of the newly developed doctrine of airmobile warfare. Supplemented with maps, the memoir is a vivid re-creation of the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War. Photos.
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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.