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Vietnam story - The word was the Ia Drang would be a walk. The word was wrong (Joseph L. Galloway)
U.S. News & World Report ^ | 10/29/90 | Joseph L. Galloway

Posted on 11/18/2013 8:43:59 PM PST by neverdem

As the sun rose on Nov. 14, 1965, a clear, hot Sunday, four U.S. Army helicopters flew, as unobtrusively as such machines can, across the rugged Ia Drang Valley in South Vietnam's Central Highlands. Below them was a wild and desolate place that in normal times offered a living only to elephants, tigers and a few Montagnard tribesmen. Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore scanned the terrain intently, scribbling notes and marking his maps. He was about to lead the U.S. 7th Cavalry on its most audacious charge since Lt. Col. George A. Custer led his troopers to the Little Bighorn 89 years earlier.

Like Custer, Hal Moore had no use for timidity or half measures. The lean, blond Kentuckian, a 43-year-old graduate of West Point, Class of '45, demanded the best from his men and gave the same in return. Behind his back, the 457 officers and men of the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), sometimes called Moore by Custer's nickname, "Yellow Hair." It was a soldier's compliment, and Moore took it as such.

Moore was hunting big game in the tangle of ravines, tall elephant grass and termite hills around the base of Chu Pong Massif, a 2,401-foot mountain whose forests stretched 5 miles into Cambodia. A month earlier, the 2,200-man 33rd People's Army Regiment–part of the first full North Vietnamese Army division to take the field since the fall of Dien Bien Phu in 1954–had attacked the camp at Plei Me, a vital listening post astride the road to Pleiku, the provincial capital. Saigon and Washington feared that if the North Vietnamese overran Pleiku, Route 19 to Qui Nhon on the coast would be wide open, and South Vietnam could be cut in two. But one of the North Vietnamese commanders, Maj...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 1stcavalrydivision; chupong; iadrang; iadrangvalley; vietnam

1 posted on 11/18/2013 8:43:59 PM PST by neverdem
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Ping


2 posted on 11/18/2013 8:49:19 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Just watched a rerun last night. Whenever I visit the Wall or its replicas, I always stop by Panel 3E and pay my respects.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 8:51:56 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for posting this. It’s hard to believe it will be 50 years ago in just 2 years.


4 posted on 11/18/2013 8:55:28 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: neverdem

pfl


5 posted on 11/18/2013 9:07:26 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: neverdem
Nov 1965 across the Ia Drang Valley in South Vietnam's Central Highlands and May 1969, where the US forces moved into the A Shau Valley in South Vietnam opening the Battle of Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill) are examples of the U.S. soldiers bravery and legacy. All those who participated are heroes.
6 posted on 11/18/2013 9:19:01 PM PST by Balata
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To: neverdem

BFL - Long but historically interesting article on Nam.


7 posted on 11/18/2013 9:22:27 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

In 65, hmmm, had just met the gal that became my wife , was a junior in high school (a good public one) and had bought my first car, a 56 Chevy 2 door hard top and just began thinking about ending up in Vietnam! As it happened, I ended up in Japan for 2 years. Thank you God!


8 posted on 11/18/2013 9:43:41 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: neverdem

Mean, bad assed bush BTTT!


9 posted on 11/18/2013 10:01:42 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: neverdem

I spent a year in Nam, 67-68, and I don’t know a day in the field where anyone thought it was a “walk”.


10 posted on 11/18/2013 10:04:06 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Dapper 26

1-5 and 2-5 CAV were in Ia Drang


11 posted on 11/18/2013 10:48:57 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Dapper 26

So did I, FRiend. I spent my year at Camp Enari, which was, as best I can figure, somewhere around half way between Plei Me and Pleiku. It was 4th Inf. Div. base camp. I wrenched on a lot of those Hueys and had a chance to see a lot of those places from going on check rides. That article got my blood pumping. You sure never forget those days.

BTW - If anybody knows exactly where Camp Enari was in relation to those places, I’d appreciate it if you could refresh my mind. Old age, ya know.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 10:51:04 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: neverdem

Mark


13 posted on 11/18/2013 10:56:42 PM PST by BIGLOOK
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To: neverdem

Coming up on the 50th year anniversary.Wow,It seems like last week.I remember watching the news with my Dad dang near every night during the war.Dad hated the commie walter.


14 posted on 11/18/2013 11:06:50 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: neverdem

I knew a judge who was there, maybe 15 years ago. He never really got over it. By that, I mean he was still traumatized. I think he felt better talking about, at least I hope so.
I suppose after something like that, law school is nothing, but I spoke with him about it—he brought it up on an anniversary, and it still haunted him after all those years. He resigned early.
Any of you dealing with something similar, try talking about it if you meet someone who you think wants to listen.


15 posted on 11/19/2013 2:25:21 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the posting
Of interest to me is where this Galloway piece was presented. And what else was going on here at that time which by the way if one was honorably discharged still could not join the American Legion or the VFW because it was not considered an active combat theater .


16 posted on 11/19/2013 2:58:26 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: beelzepug

Map:

http://www.rjsmith.com/camp-enari-sm-nf.html


17 posted on 11/19/2013 5:17:18 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: beelzepug

Google Maps Satelite View

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?authuser=0&vps=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=210450196611830090740.0004eb87a6bdecb43ed30&mid=1384867969


18 posted on 11/19/2013 5:33:19 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: Dapper 26

I was there in 67-68 and I agree.


19 posted on 11/19/2013 6:00:19 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: All; neverdem

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NEVER FORGET

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“WE WERE SOLDIERS” Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Photos

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm

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NEVER FORGET


20 posted on 11/19/2013 5:37:05 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; neverdem

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NEVER FORGET

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“WE WERE SOLDIERS” Battle of IA DRANG-1965 on CBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25x53ibwp7A&feature=youtu.be

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NEVER FORGET

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21 posted on 11/19/2013 5:48:09 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; HANG THE EXPENSE; neverdem; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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..November 22, 1963 was also the Day that Walter Cronkite became ‘The Most Trusted Man in America’ when his tears came while taking his large black Glasses off to tell us on TV that “President Kennedy died at 1:00 pm Central Standard Time.” He was expressing on TV how he, and thus all the rest of us watching him on TV at home, felt at that horrible moment. His reporting the business at hand thus continued ..and he had us in his grip..

Just a little over 4 years later, ‘The Most Trusted Man in America’ Walter Cronkite went on to incorrectly tell us on TV from Hue, South Vietnam that the Communist TET Offensive in a then Free South Vietnam had been a success .. when it was actually a big defeat for our Communist Enemies. Upon his return home Cronkite then told the American People on TV that it was time for us to leave South Vietnam ..and he had us in his grip.

This put into motion the demise of an American Presidency, doubt into our Freedom Mission for South Vietnam and eventually a most horrid Fall of Freedom there for millions of poor S.E. Asian Souls, and the deaths of many. Showing us that ..Free TV isn’t Free.. =

http://www.JourneyfromtheFall.com/

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NEVER FORGET

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22 posted on 11/19/2013 5:52:32 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; mosesdapoet

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..”this piece” first appeared in the U.S. News and World Report Magazine, written by U.S. News and World Report Reporter Joe Galloway. Positive response was so heavy, that Galloway and my Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Hal G. Moore went on to finish writing their Best Selling “We Were Soldiers Once...and Young” Book. This became the basis of Randall Wallace’s 2002 Braveheart in Vietnam Motion Picture titled “WE WERE SOLDIERS.”

http://www.lzxray.com

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23 posted on 11/19/2013 6:15:22 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Good to see you again.


24 posted on 11/19/2013 6:17:30 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim; fatima

same-same


25 posted on 11/19/2013 6:30:07 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Dapper 26

Yeah thou I walk in the valley of death ,I fear no evil for I’m the meanest SOB in the valley,,,back in the day. ‘69


26 posted on 11/19/2013 6:31:12 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Buuump!


27 posted on 11/19/2013 7:55:57 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Hiya Ronnie ((((Hugs))))


28 posted on 11/20/2013 7:06:11 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

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Oh, ALOHA fatmima :)

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29 posted on 11/20/2013 3:22:11 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Saw your letter to the editor,never knew that.Your a good writer Ronnie.Thank you for all you do.((((Hugs))))Never Forget.


30 posted on 11/20/2013 6:28:53 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: All; fatima; neverdem; Alamo-Girl

NEVER FORGET

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‘The Cronkite Years’ - Letter to the Editor - 11/20/13

Nov. 22, 1963, was also the day that Walter Cronkite became “The most trusted man in America” as tears came while telling us on TV that “President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time” [“TV discovers its power,” Show, Nov. 19]. He expressed on TV how he, and thus all the rest of us watching him at home, felt at that horrible moment. He continued reporting the business at hand and had us in his grip.

A little more than four years later, “The most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite, went on to incorrectly tell us on TV from South Vietnam that the communist Tet Offensive in a then-free South Vietnam was a stalemate, when it was actually a big defeat for our communist enemies. Upon his return home Cronkite then told the American people on TV that it was time for us to leave South Vietnam, and he had us in his grip.

His reporting put into motion the demise of an American presidency, doubt in our mission for South Vietnam’s freedom and, eventually, the deaths of many during the most horrid fall of freedom for millions of poor southeast Asian souls in South Vietnam, which showed us that free TV isn’t free.

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Ronnie Guyer - Veteran, Vietnam War

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NEVER FORGET


31 posted on 11/20/2013 6:50:17 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: La Enchiladita

Bump


32 posted on 11/20/2013 6:52:35 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks ,couldn’t repost from facebook.Shame on him.I look back and remember what he said about Kennedy.It was so touching.He betrayed our Troops.Never Forget.((((Hugs))))


33 posted on 11/20/2013 7:09:33 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 11/20/2013 8:21:11 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: piroque

Yes indeed...........emotional armor I used every day.


35 posted on 11/20/2013 9:55:21 PM PST by Dapper 26
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