Army, and the co-author with Joe Galloway of two successful books 'We Were Soldiers Once. This was another political mess and it was worse than Korea. But besides some historical inaccuracies and scenery boo boos, the fighting portrayed was pretty authentic. Later on the film during the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray, Joe Galloway uses one as well. At the end of the film, Sgt Major Plumley greets Sgt Savage in a similar manner after the battle is over and the latter is rescued after having kept his men alive while cut off and surrounded. I had heard of Ia Drang, though, from a good friend who was there and told me about the battles a couple of times when he got drunk. You have to soak up firsthand information for your instincts to operate accurately.
Colonel was the primary U. First of all, at the risk of hyperbole, I must say that I wish every American would read this book. We Were Soldiers Once… And Young Trade Paperback ed. Hell Is a Very Small Place. My friend made my wife promise to watch it, and she hates war movies.
The 17 page Appendix of the book is an effort to tell the story after the battle of those who survived. Carlos Augusto Perez, died in Pleiku December 1 1967. It is a newly built force t I wanted to read a book to commemorate Memorial Day here in the U. Fortunately other men around them help to defuse the situation, though one could hardly blame the Major considering what he just lived through. Much of it is in the survivors' own words as they remember it. He had the 7th Calvary and went into cambat in Vietnam. However, I'd just like to say what lessons I took from it.
Think of when Osama Bin Laden was hiding in the Bora Bora mountains. Death in the Tall Grass. Everyone remembers that this is Custer's unit but they manage to , thanks to advancements in technology allowing to come to their rescue, in the form of. This is an amazing retelling of two of first large engagements of the American involvement in Vietnam. The lead author, Hal Moore, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Calvary Division, one of the units at the front of the battle about which We Were Soldiers Once … And Young is written. One problem present on arrival overseas is that about a hundred well-trained soldiers didn't make the trip, since their terms of military service had expired.
Hal used several tactics to outsmart the enemy and he held his ground. His mother called it blood money. The French Group Mobile 100 was ambushed in the Ia Drang Valley in 1954 and wiped out by a unit of Vietminh led by Nguyen Huu An. And there is also the enemy going from body to body, killing those who are not yet dead while our hero pretends to be dead so survives. It is highly unlikely he pulled a pistol on another pilot like in the movie and he could not have led the counterattack because his chopper was unarmed. The bravery it takes to serve your country and protect it, in times of war or not is an amazing thing and I for one am proud to know those and all those I don't know, and thank them for their service. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
Most of the officers were young and inexpierienced. It lasted over several days in November, 1965 and was noted for being ferocious. Enemy and American bodies were everywhere. Moore's Battalion after the battle and was decimated because that Battalion was lead by a man who clearly did not care and was incompetent. Geoghegan, whose daughter had been born just before he left for Vietnam. How fucked up is all that.
In , both men received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle. After the enemy assault was blown or napalmed to crispy bits, the Americans counterattacked and won the area, for a day. The helicopters of the 7th Cavalry, designed to carry troops, flew mission after mission into incredible danger to bring in ammunition and water and take out wounded and dead. I've often said that Vietnam was fractally fucked up, and Ia Drang is a perfect example of that. I gave the book 5 stars because it is a classic and really quite wonderful despite my inadequacy as a reader. I don't know; it is his business.
As he was being airlifted out of what they called Landing Zone X-Ray, author Hal Moore thought: As I looked down on the battle-scarred earth and shattered trees below, I felt pride in what we had done, grief at our losses, and guilt that I was still alive. Even civilians on the home front and the enemy contribute to the overall story. I was happy she earned an honorary mention in this book. What historical movies are often about is not so much history as other movies. Isserman explores the ways in which the film ignores several important aspects of the story and invents others to fit into a Hollywood tradition of war films. Plus, samo da znate, film prikazuje samo prvi dio bitke. Unfortunately, nothing could stop Mel and Randall from tacking on the egregious happy ending that has John Wayne written all over it.
The movie made from the book shows how powerful this air attack must have looked. To win, you must go to where the enemy is hiding. It is an important book. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. It was the first use of the concept of air cavalry…ground troops brought to the battlefield by helicopters and provided close air and artillery support.