Skip to comments.LT GENERAL Hal Moore Joins Operation Gratitude Volunteers on December 1, 2007!
Posted on 11/06/2007 10:15:31 AM PST by La Enchiladita
Operation Gratitude is delighted to announce that a very special American, Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (Ret.), will join Operation Gratitude Volunteers at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA on Saturday, December 1 to assemble thousands of Care Packages to be shipped to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Holidays. Lt. Gen. Moore, a legendary Military leader, who co-authored the NY Times #1 best-seller We Were Soldiers Once...and Young, will also be our special guest speaker during our lunch-break starting at Noon.
As a very special gift to be included in every Holiday Care Package, General Moore, through the generosity of Wild Goose Ministries in Vail, Co., has donated 70,000 copies of his most recent inner story, "A General's Spiritual Journey." This beautiful work represents Hal Moore's faith-filled journey from childhood to the battlefield and into his golden years, as told to, and memorialized by, his friend and "Driver."
(Excerpt) Read more at opgratitude.com ...
"I hope every American has the opportunity to reflect on Hal Moore's life experiences and guidance. There is much for all of us to learn from this great American leader and patriot," said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. "I was deeply touched by "A General's Spiritual Journey," she continued. "After reading his Journey, I asked Gen. Moore if we could obtain 70,000 copies to include in our Holiday Care Packages, so that our troops currently deployed would have the privilege and benefit of his wisdom and faith. General Moore immediately enlisted the kindness of Wild Goose Ministries and its president, Pat McConathy, to ensure that every service member receiving an Operation Gratitude care package would also receive a copy of his Journey. I am thrilled--it is a MUST READ!"
Lt. General Harold G. Moore (Ret.) graduated from West Point in 1945, commanded two infantry companies in the Korean War, was a battalion and brigade commander in Vietnam, and later commanded the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. A master parachutist and Army aviator, he helped develop and launch the concept of the Air Cavalry in Vietnam. General Moore co-authored with Joe Galloway the NY Times #1 best-seller, We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young, the dramatic and moving account of the 7th Cavalry's epic action in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, one of the Vietnam War's bloodiest battles. The book was brought to the Big Screen by Director Randall Wallace in 2002 starring Mel Gibson (as General Moore), Sam Elliot and Madeleine Stowe, and has been hailed as "one of the greatest war movies ever made." Gen. Moore and Galloway's second book, We Are Soldiers... Still, will be published and released in 2008. At 85 years young, Lt. General Moore is one of America's most sought after speakers on leadership and is founder of The National Endowment for the Public Trust.
From Kelly Hill to Ahn Ke (Camp Radcliff) to Ia Drang to NVA Route 60 and the Plei Trap Valley. A journey for one who has traveled it will never be forgotten. LTG Moore’s wife who played such a big role back at Fort Benning organizing the wives of 1st Cav soldiers was buried not too long ago at the Benning cemetary. God bless LTG Moore and Mrs. Moore.
Hal Moore and CSM Plumley are the realest of the real deals.
CSM Plumley used to come out and address some of the graduating classes at the Infantry School. Don’t know if he still does because he has to be really getting up there in years. He was a WW II and Korean Vet before he ever went to RVN. Last I heard about him being at Benning was 2001 or 2002. Anybody out there have an update about him?
Note: Please advise deployed troops to sign up for packages!!!
Can’t give names because of Security issues, but if they can send about 15 packages to the following address, some SF troops in the Philippines will appreciate them.
Any 1st SFG Soldier
JSOTF-P FWD/SOTF AOB 150
Good, let’s get mail out to these guys.
I’m sending you FRmail in a minute re the “how to.”
That's the place in the story where I always crack up, when Mrs. Moore finds out what's going on and decided to deliver telegrams herself.
I’ll never forget how wonderful it was for us to receive Christmas care packages and cards from folks that cared enough to bring a smile to our faces. La Enchiladita, tell me where I can contribute to this wonderful effort. Thanks darlin’.
Thank you, afnamvet, sending you FRmail in a minute.
If you’re anywhere in the L.A. area, you can join us on volunteer days too...:)
(As shown on website.)
She passed a few years ago, and she was every bit as beloved as her husband.
God Bless them both.
Yep, but Casualty Notification was still FUBAR’d even in GWI in 1991.
Reports were processed quickly, but word of mouth would still outpace the notification chain.
Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Veteran Photo Updates
GEN HAL MOORE
Lt RICK RESCORLA
SP/4 Radioman to MOORE/PLUMLEY - “ALOHA RONNIE” GUYER
Photos then: http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm
Photos now: http://www.RickRescorla.com/The%20Statue.htm
“WE WERE SOLDIERS” Mrs. JULIE MOORE passes on...
Signed:..”ALOHA RONNIE” Guyer
a Mrs. JULIE MOORE Ft. Benning, GA Burial Ceremony Attendee
Hi, ALOHA RONNIE...:)
Are you anywhere near to Van Nuys that you could come by and see LT GEN Moore?
MEL’s -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-
A personal journey:
‘WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG’...4 FREEDOM
Signed:..”ALOHA RONNIE” Guyer
Battle of IA DRANG-1965 S-1 Personnel Clerk, Landing Zone Falcon
HHC, 1/7th Cavalry Regiment
1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Good to hear. “We Were Soldiers Once...and Young,” has to be the best book ever to come out of Viet Nam.
..A Freeper Vet goes to the Vietnam Wall..
Vietnam Wall - 25th Anniversary, Nov. 10, 2007
I followed your link and the statement about Vietnam vets "going to ground" for a number of years struck a chord in me. It just really chaps my keester to see the left trying to smear the Iraq vets using the same kind of tactics they used against you guys. Really disgusting.
I hope the Iraq vets won't feel they have to "go to ground" for a while.
3 selfless Battle of IA DRANG-1965 lifesavers:
BRUCE CRANDALL - Medal of Honor Recipient
RICK RESCORLA - 9/11 Lifesaver, R.I.P.
HAL G. MOORE - Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Commander
Wonder if I can get the book read before I see him. Oops, did I say that? True confession, I'm way behind on reading.
I know I’m sticking my nose in about getting the pkgs to the SF guys in the Philippines: the US post office won’t accept military mail addressed without a specific name. Even though regulations say mail can go out to “any commander” or “any chaplain” (and those are the only ranks/titles mentioned in the regs as acceptable) at a specific address, most postal clerks reject the boxes I’ve tried to send. If ORaGuy can arrange for one member to allow his name to be used (as securely as possible—maybe via freepmail between you??) then underneath that name, you could address pkgs “attn any sfg 1, 2, 3” etc for that contact to distribute to his battle buddies. Just didn’t want you both to be disappointed trying to get the boxes sent.
10 Questions to ask General HAL MOORE
Thanks for the ping. General Moore was and is a genuine hero.
Thanks for the ping.
I hope it’s ok to post this :
Perfect timing, Count...
There is some great film in there of American soldiers in Vietnam. Seeing the kids getting drafted, getting the haircut, makes it real...
I don’t think I’ll read all 1,031 comments on the video but some of them, they’re great too. I have this idea that country musicians should get together and do a 2-hour show on nothing but patriotic music, on prime time TV, as a tribute to the troops (instead of another stupid “awards” show to themselves).
Ping for later
Oh, I’m sad to hear that Lt. Gen. Moore’s wife had died. She did so much for the wives of the men serving with her husband.
I Met Aloha Ronnie Yesterday (Operation Gratitude)
Yay!!!! Glad you made it. I didn’t, my bad; had a scheduling conflict many miles away. I couldn’t see the photo of you and friend, it’s a red ‘x’.
The important thing is you saw your General again, and a buddy...:)
Bump for Aloha Ronnie!!!
In case you didn’t know, Mrs. Moore passed away three years ago. There was a couple there that have taken care of the General since that time. The wife cooks for him, and interestingly she happens to look like Paula Dean. Since they are from Alabama and Paula is from Georgia they share the same passion for good ol’ country cooking. It is the friendship that they share that led to the book. The publisher donated 70,000 copies to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in the boxes, and copies for all of the volunteers.
Lt General Moore is one class act! Amazing man!
One of THE best books and movie of the Viet Nam War.
God Bless LTG. Moore and the rest of our Vets.
I just love that man. Thanks for sharing pictures of him and thanks for this thread.
Operation Gratitude Photo Gallery:
Lt. Gen. HAL MOORE visits...
Thanks, ALOHA RONNIE!! The best OpGratitude photo album I’ve seen yet....so sorry I had to miss that wonderful day.
Vietnam Veterans bump.
Please see ALOHA RONNIE Post No. 46...
GARRY OWEN, Sir
Lt. Gen. HAL MOORE =
ARMCHAIR GENERAL Magazine Board Member
From Armchair General Magazine Publisher ERIC WEIDER:
I met Aloha Ronnie Yesterday