We Were Soldiers Once -and Young

We Were Soldiers Once -and Young

Ia Drang, the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

Book - 1993
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Examines the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang, in the central highlands of South Vietnam, providing an account of the battle and discussing the implications of this key confrontation


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 is
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.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1993.
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060975760
Branch Call Number: 959.704 MOO
Characteristics: xxi, 471 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. : 21 cm.


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Aug 16, 2017

When Colonel Moore asked Joe Galloway, war correspondent, why the he didn't tell the true stories going on in Vietnam like the battle for the Ia Drang valley, he said " we send them in to our editors back in the US who don't print them." Read here why. It's a sad indictment of our media.

kathrn Mar 01, 2016

Gripping story of the men who served in Vietnam, and the challenges they faced. So many heroes who served with distinction and honor. God bless you all!!!

Mar 12, 2013

A classic that shouldn't be missed and this book is one that rates right up there as one of my top three books from the Vietnam War. Recommended.

Feb 27, 2011

One of my favourite war books.


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