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 (Written up in one of his unpublished memoirs, "Gold Is Where You Find It," I think -- he was a mining engineer.)
[Written up in one of his unpublished memoirs, “Gold Is Where You Find It,” I think — he was a mining engineer]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
“ALOHA RONNIE” Guyer’s 2007 OPERATION GRATITUDE Address Message honoring this wonderful Support Our Troops organization’s presenting my Vietnam War Commanding Officer, Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE (Ret.), with its 1st Annual National Freedom Award:
“We must NEVER FORGET that the one thing The LOVE Itself needs more of in this world, for GOD is LOVE, is more...
And that only comes when people are...
Making American Troops fighting to bring more Freedom & thus more LOVE ‘round the world...
...HOLY in GOD’s Eyes”
We report, you decide..?
I agree. I don't get or approve of the whole "kum-bah-yah" gist of this article or even the attitude of General Moore. How can he embrace them? These guys were the ENEMY! Screw'em all.
~~~Sgt. Kenny Dean Chappell~~~
~~~KIA Sept 23~1967~LZ-X-ray~~~AO~~~
~~~I'm going to find his grave tomorrow~~~
~~~I can't post more or I would be banned~~~
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
I thank God everyday that such men lived.
God bless all those who gave some and God bless all those who gave all.
...some really do selflessly, and so very lovingly, give all they have to give for the well being of others.
No matter what:
9/11 Lifesaver RICK RESCORLA, R.I.P.
(The Rest of the Story)
CSM Plumley, General Moore, and Joe Galloway at Rick Rescorla's statue unveiling.
HEY!! Who is that?
Meanwhile, Gen. Douglas MacArthur had sent a message via his staff chaplain to the president of the Bible Meditation League (now known as Bible Literature International). MacArthur asked the league to print something that might help heal the wounds between Japan and the United States. The league printed 1 million pamphlets of DeShazer's testimony, I Was A Prisoner of Japan, for distribution throughout the country.
MacArthur's righteous occupation is still universally respected by the Japanese who lived during that era. I had the honor of touring his office on the top floor of the Dai-Ichi Financial Building in Tokyo some years ago. The role which MacArthur and his love of Christianity played in turning one of our most bitter enemies into one of our most steadfast allies in such a short time in unequaled in the annals of history.
God bless you and thank you for your service to our country.
A Personal Journey:
‘WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...& YOUNG’...4 FREEDOM
..A Freeper Vet goes to the Vietnam Wall..