Skip to comments.How enemies became friends in this unique lesson of Vietnam
Posted on 05/24/2008 6:29:42 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
Hal Moore is a real American Hero. Unfortunately I can not post it here. Please check USA Today's editorial section for the story.
It is also on the last page of this weeks Army Times.
“Hal Moore is a real American Hero”
He was in a bar in Latin America (Honduras, I think) a few years after WWI. Nearby was a table of Germans, laughing and joking. In a little while they started recounting some action in the war, an effort to capture a house occupied by the enemy. My grandfather got up, went over and asked a few questions, and in short order realized he was in this sameaction, leading the patrol defending the position. He spent the rest of the evening at that table. (Written up in one of his unpublished memoirs, "Gold Is Where You Find It," I think -- he was a mining engineer.)
[Written up in one of his unpublished memoirs, “Gold Is Where You Find It,” I think — he was a mining engineer]
I heard a guest on talk radio this week (Hugh Hewitt? Glenn Beck?) who is collecting war stories — ones that would never otherwise be published.
Interesting. He did some work for the OSS in WWII too, spying on the Nazis while posing as an Argentinian mining engineer. I hope that one is written up too.
70,000 copies of his most recent book, A General's Sprititual Journey, were included in care packages to our troops last Fall.
Van Nuys, CA-Operation Gratitude presented the first annual NATIONAL FREEDOM AWARD to retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Hal Moore at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California on December 1, 2007. Joined by We Were Soldiers Once and Young co-author Joe Galloway and the movie adaptation's director Randy Wallace, hundreds of Military personnel and volunteers gathered to pay tribute to the General's renowned career. Several Cavalry Veterans who served under Moore's command surprised the General, and arrived wearing their revered Stetsons, the hallmark of the Cavalry.
"This experience was a most moving and sincere gathering of Americans, drawn together out of deep love and respect for each other, for our troops and for our nation," said Lt. General Moore. "I accepted the National Freedom Award on behalf of all those in harm's way who ensure our continued freedom and to whom we pay great tribute."
Serving as the ceremony's distinguished speaker, Lt. General Moore deeply touched the crowd as he recounted his dramatic return to the scene of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. Eric Weider, publisher of the Armchair General and Operation Gratitude Magazines relayed part of General Moore's moving speech in his online forum that night...continued here (scroll almost all the way down...)
Ronnie was there!!
ALOHA RONNIE was indeed there,
...and somewhere else too:
I met ALOHA RONNIE yesterday (At Operation Gratitude)
‘WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG’ Ping
“It is also on the last page of this weeks Army Times.”
I read it there also. It is consistent with how LTG Moore now views his former adversaries.
I respect and admire General Moore and I appreciate his ability to be magnanomous. However, what about the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cav that relieved his first battalion (1/7 CAV)? They were ruthlessly slaughtered by these same folks. Nothing can forgive the war crimes committed against 2/7th CAV. To forgive that would be the equivalent of forgiving the Bataan Death March perpetrators. There is NO brotherhood of war in circumstances like that. IMO.
God Bless LTG Moore and all American combat veterans.
So is Aloha Ronnie.
God bless our Troops.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
big time ping!
My Vietnam War Commanding Officer, then Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE, in a then Free South Vietnam’s Central Highlands-1965:
‘RONNIE GUYER PHOTO COLLECTON’ Sets 1-2-3
Here is a similar and powerful story, of one of the Doolittle raiders and POW, subjected to unbelievable cruelty, including being forced to watch helplessly while one of his friends died of slow starvation. But who found Christ in that prison and returned to spend 30 years as a missionary to Japan. He wrote entitled “I Was a Prisoner of Japan,” that was widely distributed throughout Japan. One person who read this tract was an embittered Japanese ex-pilot, Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.... http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/deshazer.htm