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This story is about Hal Moore, and, although it covers his entire military life, and then some, it is primarily about the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, November 1965 A battle that defined the new war of airmobile infantry, The Air Cavalry , as they came to be known Hal Moore was a Lt.Colonel then, the Father of The Air Cavalry, so to speak This was the first major battle that involved US ground forces, Ia Drang saw the US suffer 96 killed and 121 wounded at X Ray and 155 killed and 124 wounded at Albany Estimates for North Vietnamese losses are around 800 killed at X Ray and minimum of 403 killed at Albany For his actions in leading the defense of X Ray, Lt Col.Moore was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross Pilots Major Bruce Crandall and Captain Ed Freeman were later 2007 awarded the Medal of Honor for making volunteer flights under heavy fire to and from X Ray During these flights they delivered much needed supplies while evacuating wounded soldiers The fighting at Ia Drang set the tone for the conflict as American forces continued to rely on air mobility and heavy fire support to achieve victory. One of the best books I have read.Hal Moore what an outstanding leader of men I wish all the officers I served with had been as good. #READ DOWNLOAD Þ Hal Moore Õ Hal Moore, One Of The Most Admired American Combat Leaders Of The LastYears, Has Until Now Been Best Known To The Public For Being Portrayed By Mel Gibson In The Movie We Were Soldiers In This First Ever, Fully Illustrated Biography, We Finally Learn The Full Story Of One Of America S True Military HeroesAGraduate Of West Point, Moore S First Combats Occurred During The Korean War, Where He Fought In The Battles Of Old Baldy, T Bone, And Pork Chop Hill At The Beginning Of The Vietnam War, Moore Commanded The St Battalion Of The Th Cavalry In The First Full Fledged Battle Between US And North Vietnamese Regulars Drastically Outnumbered And Nearly Overrun, Moore Led From The Front, And Though LosingSoldiers, Accounted For , Of The Enemy Before The Communists Withdrew This Battle Of Ia Drang Pioneered The Use Of Air Mobile Infantry Delivering Troops Into Battle Via Helicopter Which Became The Staple Of US Operations For The Remainder Of The War He Later Wrote Of His Experiences In The Best Selling Book, We Were Soldiers Once And YoungFollowing His Tour In Vietnam, He Assumed Command Of The Th Infantry Division, Forward Stationed In South Korea, And In , He Took Command Of The Army Training Center At Fort Ord, California In This Capacity, He Oversaw The US Army S Transition From A Conscript Based To An All Volunteer Force He Retired As A Lieutenant General In A really good well written book that captures the essence of the man and his grasp of the authority to command.As a former Bardstonian and St Joseph alumni, I am proud of the man that he is and am humbled by his achievements, methodology, understanding of his fellow soldiers, moral compass and his humanity.I wish that I had had a leader like him when I was in. A fascinating story about a man who always wanted to be in the military Hal Moore is the leader of 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry, and was future in the movie we were soldiers Mel Gibson was portraying Hal Moore Now back to the book, he graduated from West Point at the end of world war two He had different jobs until he was sent to Japan, until Korea broke out Transferred into another outfit after about six months he started seeing his first combat Again each time leaving one unit to another one either for promotion or a higher up liked his leadership, training and organizing a unit Finally as Korea was slowing down he was brought back to the states fortraining During this time he got married and got another promotion He was now back at West Point, Vietnam was still not happening yet, but he put in for a new air unit with helicopters Having been with the 82 and the 173 airborne units he saw this as another way to bring troops into an area quickly Now a few years go by and Vietnam is becoming a real place of interest After a training exercise watch by VIP s he is transferred to the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry Actually they are putting the 7th back into active status so he feels something is up His sergeant major is a man who made all 4 combat jumps with the 82 in ww2 and fought in Korea It is now 65 and by March the Marines have landed in Da Nang Training is being stepped up but he is losing men at the same time due to policies of the Army and the White House In the summer of 65 they are shipped over He continues to train but continues to lose men and the replacements are slow to get there His troop size should had been 767, they were at 679 plus some were still out with malaria On Nov 14 of 65 began the battle of IA Dang, build up was noticed from the air and troops were sent in The first troops were attacked as soon as the helicopters left Hearing this from camp He order everyone all of his 1st Battalion to depart The second group of soldiers were to support the first that were under fire Not hearing any at the time the over anxious young LT lead his men into a trap, he and the two top NCO s were killed almost at once leaving a 21 year old SSgt to stay with the platoon They became the lost platoon, took almost two days before they could be recused More men were arriving including Moore, the Sgt Major and the rest of the Battalion SSgt Savage, from the lost platoon was calling direct fire artillery but was still being attacked As the Battalion spread out to cover all areas of the attack they still could reach any of the first troops that had landed The second day started out as bad as the firstattacks but each one was pushed backed Still with direct fire support fire they could not each SSgt Savage By now men had been flown out, either wounded or had died And though the movie showed that the families lived on base they did not Once deployed they 30 days to leave base, find new housing The part where cab drivers would deliver casualty notifications His wife seeing this did come up with a way to handle it within the unit wife s Now on the third day the 2nd Battalion came in with reinforcements and drove back the enemy and was able to get to the lost platoon There was no bayonet charge up the hill that was Hollywood Beginning the morning of the third day the NVA made one last charge and failed At the end the enemy lost 1215 we had 85 killed 121 wounded SSGT Savage made it through two horrible nights The platoon went in 29 came out 9 dead 13 wounded Moore said this was his worst day for he knew everyone and been with them for 18 months But it was a win they did not give ground the NVA left and every battle that was fought we won He speaks about that how we won each battle even the Tet offensive, just that like the Tet it was portrayed in the media back in the states as a lose He speaks of not being able to follow the enemy to Laos and Cambodia, which was where there supplies were coming from Tying the hands of a fighting force you are not portraying confidence He felt from the top Johnson and McNamara, were the reason that every time they made progress they would be pushed back In the book you will read about trips he made back to Vietnam with some of the men from his unit They met with some of the men they fought against that day A final closer for that day His wife passed away a few years ago and you not only had generals and other ranking people But wives from some of the men lost from that battle came to give their respects He said she made him a better person He retired a 3 star general One final note, if you see a copy of the movie the soldier on the cover is Lt Cyril Rick Recorla He perished tragically in the World Trade center attack of Sep 2001 A lotinformation and a great book I got this from net galley One of the most interesting biographies I have ever read. RIP Hal MooreA great biography about a real American hero We don t have many heroes left anyso it is great to learnabout them. Read book when it was released in 2013 Wonderful book about a great man My husband served under then Colonel Moore in Vietnam in 1965 I met him on several occasions at 1st Cavalry reunions General Moore cared deeply for the soldiers under him they felt the same way about him. There are Leaders both good and bad There are those who leader by example, by telling Yelling , by directions Written and orally , and by delegating There are true leaders and want to be leaders There are strong leaders and there are weak leaders There are young leaders and older leaders There are leaders who build up and there are leaders who tear down There are Leaders who instill confidence and those who bring depression There are Military Leaders and there are Political Leaders Then, once in a great while there is a Leader who stands Head and Shoulders above all others That is Hal Moore What a great leader who characterized the one word Leadership Hal Moore revealed Honor, Courage, and Passion for the Mission and his People This was a great book. Very well written.