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We Were Soldiers
Sierra Times ^ | Colonel Dan

Posted on 03/22/2002 7:02:23 AM PST by Sir Gawain

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We Were Soldiers
By: Colonel Dan
Published 03. 21. 2002 at 21:32 PST
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I experienced We Were Soldiers the other day. I say "experienced" rather than "watched" because if all you do is watch this film, you'll miss it.

WWS took me back what seemed like a thousand years in terms of time but only yesterday in terms of the pride and affection I've always felt for American soldiers.

Anyone who has ever worn the uniform and looked the elephant in the eye can't fail to have an empathetic emotional reaction to this film and I'm certainly no exception.

A lot has been written about this movie already and a lot more will be written I'm sure but I'd just like to share some of the more distinct thoughts that left the theater with me that night.

This movie captured much of the inner soldier that I've always admired throughout these many years and it captured as well as any digital image can I guess the emotions that war stirs in people.

It also captured the impact on the wives and families that's rarely portrayed as it was in this film. Each wife who lost her soldier lost a piece of her soul as she answered the knock on the door. Regardless of the conflict or trial, military wives establish their own bond and come naturally to the aid and comfort of those in need. They share the same burden and feel the same pain—regardless of whose door was darkened that day.

Although the combat segments were probably more realistic than most movies I've seen, there are a few things I doubt films will ever be able to capture—the periods of boredom—which wouldn't sell many tickets, the feel of explosive concussion at close range, the horrific sounds and especially the smells of battle and its aftermath.

Aside from the raw emotion that affects everyone that has ever been in a combat zone, each person remembers what impacted him the most about his physical surroundings. For me, it will be the smells that remain prominently in my mind. But uppermost in my heart it will always be the soldier's soul and the super human bond forged by extreme conditions that will remain with me for eternity.

Just as extreme pressure forges ordinary carbon into diamonds, the pressure of combat forges ordinary people into a brotherhood of soldiers few outsiders will ever comprehend and I'm not alone in that view.

Joe Galloway, co-author of Hal Moore's book upon which this movie was based, wrote, "I am far more comfortable in the company of those once-young soldiers today than with any other group except my own family. They are my
comrades-in-arms, the best friends of my life…"

Joe's statement doesn't surprise me in the least. I've seen soldiers have a similar impact on many who honestly get to know them.

Once you've lived with soldiers and really get inside that world by sharing their life, they can't help but have the impact on you that Joe describes—it's just a law of nature I guess. Why is that? From my saddle, it's because the soldier's heart is among the noblest to be found on earth—they grow on you if given half a chance and you take the time to sincerely look into their eyes, learn what's in their heart and feel what's in their soul.

But by far, most satisfying to me is what this film has done and is doing for our soldiers who fought there. Our Viet Nam warriors are finally winning the most important battle of that long war and the cowards who treated them so shabbily are losing theirs—and I thank God for it.

Albeit decades late, the honor of the soldiers of that era is overshadowing the shame of the cowards in our national conscience.

GIs who expected nothing but gave everything, as soldiers often do, are finally winning the respect, hearts and minds of America while those like Clinton who gave nothing but demanded everything, as cowards always do, are being shoved into obscurity where they belong.

That almost 30 years after the war, America is starting to respect and sincerely appreciate those wonderful soldiers, what they went through and what kind of people endure such an ordeal is the most uplifting part of the saga for me.

When everyday soldiers and the sacrifices they make for all of us are appropriately recognized and appreciated, it helps restore my faith in America.

To the noble warriors of Viet Nam—my brothers, my comrades, past and present—I render a salute of sincere respect, admiration and heartfelt appreciation to you all.

Just the view from my saddle…

The Colonel



DON'T TREAD ON ME



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1 posted on 03/22/2002 7:02:23 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: victoria delsoul; travis mcgee; squantos; harpseal; sit-rep; noumenon; slb; aloha ronnie
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2 posted on 03/22/2002 7:03:16 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Sir Gawain
I saw it again last week and it still echoes in my mind. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Why it is not on the Academy's list is beyond me...
3 posted on 03/22/2002 7:12:54 AM PST by meandog
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To: meandog
I was hoping a real soldier would let me know if I want to see this.

I certainly do, now. Thanks!

(See? I don't hate you!)

4 posted on 03/22/2002 7:18:35 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Not a soldier...just a sailor--but a supporting brother of arms, none the less... thanks
5 posted on 03/22/2002 7:31:51 AM PST by meandog
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To: meandog
You know why. Just think about it for a minute.
6 posted on 03/22/2002 7:32:21 AM PST by hook2
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To: meandog
Because one, they don't understand it, Oliver Stone notwithstanding, and two, they are in general anti-U.S., anti-military, and in love with the concept of freedom - at least as it applies to them and their ilk, generally implying their ability to become filthy rich and above the law - but not its costs. All you have to remember is that their "hero", the prior occupant of the office of President of the U.S., was a draft dodging, lying, self-serving narcissist - just like most Hollywood "stars". I, however, refuse to refer to that disgrace as my President and will never do so, nor do I acknowledge his so-called "spouse" as a U.S. Senator. The two are non-entities and totally irrelevant.
7 posted on 03/22/2002 7:37:16 AM PST by astounded
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To: Sir Gawain
Thank you Sir!
8 posted on 03/22/2002 7:37:26 AM PST by CPT Clay
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To: Sir Gawain
.."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...gives us all the example to follow from long ago in a new -Time of War- in a new Century with an Enemy that is now Within. For after the Attacks of Sept 11th...

.."WE ARE ALL SOLDIERS NOW"..!!!

10 posted on 03/22/2002 7:40:01 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Sir Gawain
Awesome .. breathtaking... sad.. funny... The best film I've experienced.

On a side note, I just watched a movie on "Encore - True Stories" channel called "FireBase Gloria" which seemed very similiar in "storyline" to WWS, but was based on events during TET.
11 posted on 03/22/2002 7:43:10 AM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: Sir Gawain
NEVER FORGET

...For a Photo History of .."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...See.. www.LzXray.com .. 'IA DRANG - Interest' ..at the Bottom of the Home Page to see:

..'Ronnie Guyer Photo Collection'..

NEVER FORGET

12 posted on 03/22/2002 7:47:37 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: meandog
Why it is not on the Academy's list is beyond me...

A less nefarious reason, in reality; it's not eligible. It was released in 2002 and the Oscars this Sunday are for movies released in 2001.

13 posted on 03/22/2002 7:52:37 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Sir Gawain
NEVER FORGET

...Also see my Bookmarked...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...IA DRANG-1965...

...RICK RESCORLA...

...Freerepublic.com Threads simply by accessing the...

..'ALOHA RONNIE'.. on this Post.

Signed:..ALOHA RONNIE Guyer / Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 / Landing Zone Falcon / www.LzXray.com

NEVER FORGET

14 posted on 03/22/2002 7:54:29 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Johnny Gage
...Since the Weekend Movie Grosses that we see on our TV are PROJECTIONS base on Friday Attendance in Theaters nationwide...

...may I suggest seeing it TONIGHT...!!

"WE WERE SOLDIERS" =

Weekend 1 = No. 1

Weekend 2 = No. 2

Weekend 3 = No. 5

...Let's give a BIG Bump/Ping to our Story of Heroes with a Friday Night out on the Town...?

15 posted on 03/22/2002 8:02:21 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Sir Gawain
...See ..RadioFR.. Archives to hear my -1- Hour...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS"..

...Freerepublic Network Show that I was blessed to host last night on March 21, 2002.

And may GOD always Bless our Freedom Fighters.

16 posted on 03/22/2002 8:05:42 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Sir Gawain;Snow Bunny;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;VOA;RonDog;Landru;Carl/Newsmax;Judicial Watch...
...Lets all go to the Movies...???
17 posted on 03/22/2002 8:11:08 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
A less nefarious reason, in reality; it's not eligible.

Exactly, thank you for stating this. Calm down everyone, take a deep breath. I don't like Hollywood any more than you do, but let's not look for conspiracies where there are none. Wait 'til next year's Academy Awards to do that! :-)

18 posted on 03/22/2002 8:11:42 AM PST by Future Snake Eater
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To: Sir Gawain
I wore the uniform, but never looked the elephant in the eye. Thanks for the review.
19 posted on 03/22/2002 8:15:00 AM PST by Destructor
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...Let's give a BIG Bump/Ping to our Story of Heroes with a Friday Night out on the Town...?

I'm intend to make it out for my second viewing of the film this weekend.

And can any of the resident military types tell me the origin of the term "looked the elephant in the eye"
comes from?
I think, as a civilian, I gather the meaning as in the hunter who thinks he's about to be
killed by a charging elephant, only to place the "lucky shot" at the last millisecond,
and ends up eye-to-eye with a bull elephant's carcass.
Just curious.
20 posted on 03/22/2002 8:25:08 AM PST by VOA
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To: Sir Gawain
Thanks for the review, now I know I will see it.
21 posted on 03/22/2002 8:30:59 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Sir Gawain
bttt!
22 posted on 03/22/2002 8:37:51 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I'm probably going to see it yet again this weekend.
23 posted on 03/22/2002 8:46:53 AM PST by oldvike
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To: meandog
It's not elligible for this year's Academy Awards, but will should probably be on next year's list. If it doesn't win anything next year then it's just plain criminal.

As for this year's awards ceremony, I find it disgusting that "Blackhawk Down" is getting snubbed so badly. Hell, I think the only thing it got nominated for was Best Director. It's sad, yet not surprising, how much hatred Hollwood has for our brave soldiers (the same soldiers that provide those damn leftists the freedom to spew their hatred for America).

24 posted on 03/22/2002 8:52:25 AM PST by oldvike
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To: Sir Gawain
Really good flick. I didn't get the hopeless and pinned down feeling like Blackhawk Down, but the special effects and grittiness (is that a word?) puts it above Private Ryan. The best thing was the real time back and forth battle strategy. I haven't seen many war movies, so this was a first for me. Also, the attention to detail made it feel like a period film.

I should warn people that this film is pretty graphic and definitely a tear jerker. Don't miss it.

25 posted on 03/22/2002 8:57:59 AM PST by sixmil
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To: Sir Gawain
Related Movie Review...
Changing The Vietnam Stereotype [Movie: We Were Soldiers]
Source: Washington Times; Published: March 21, 2002;
Author: Jon Ward

26 posted on 03/22/2002 8:58:14 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: sixmil
The best thing was the real time back and forth battle strategy. I haven't seen many war movies, so this was a first for me.

What's really interesting about that is that all the scenes showing Lt. Nguyen An talking stategy are historically accurate. I didn't realize this until I started reading the book and it talked about this.

27 posted on 03/22/2002 9:02:34 AM PST by oldvike
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To: oldvike
The movie industry is on a tightrope here. On one hand, they seem to have a disdain for any and all things patriotic. On the other hand, Hollywood sees itself as a reflection of the general mood in the country. At some level they must really hate the patriotic mood that prevails now. But they will make movies that sell tickets. And people want to see pro-American movies right now.
28 posted on 03/22/2002 9:04:42 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Sir Gawain
Bump!
29 posted on 03/22/2002 9:04:43 AM PST by Balata
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To: meandog
"Not a soldier...just a sailor--but a supporting brother of arms, none the less... thanks"

Navy ships have been known to draw enemy fire too. You are no less of a fighting man!

30 posted on 03/22/2002 9:08:36 AM PST by Destructor
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To: Sir Gawain
GIs who expected nothing but gave everything, as soldiers often do, are finally winning the respect, hearts and minds of America while those like Clinton who gave nothing but demanded everything, as cowards always do, are being shoved into obscurity where they belong.

Nice article. Thank you, Gawain.

31 posted on 03/22/2002 9:11:18 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Sir Gawain
More proud every day to have chosen to stand with my brothers, and answer the call from our country, way back in '65.

25th LRRP's

32 posted on 03/22/2002 9:17:51 AM PST by CIBvet
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To: Sir Gawain
How could I ever forget to include the Nurses(compassionate Angels) who served so bravely and tirelessly at 25th Med ... & all the other medical installations, 'In&Out of Country'.

God Bless them eternally, for all the physical and emotional support they provided.

33 posted on 03/22/2002 9:50:52 AM PST by CIBvet
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for the heads up!
34 posted on 03/22/2002 9:52:54 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: VOA
...Friday Night Out = That's just OUTSTANDING...
35 posted on 03/22/2002 1:51:58 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...Friday Night Out = That's just OUTSTANDING...

Well, combined with getting to hear a re-broadcast of Medved's interview with
Crandall (as well as the ALOHA RONNIE call-in) in the last hour of today's broadcast...
that's a good start to a weekend.
36 posted on 03/22/2002 3:08:19 PM PST by VOA
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To: meandog
I saw it again last week and it still echoes in my mind. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Why it is not on the Academy's list is beyond me...

Rule No. 1 of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Anything that honors America or America's fighting men must, by necessity be panned, shunned and discredited.

Case in point:

Steven Spielberg is the darling of the Hollywood Left. He's a true believer, a Clinton disciple, a card-carrying member of the club.

Spielberg produced two films in recent years which legitimately merited serious consideration by the Academy -- Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. One won the oscar for best picture, the other was largely ignored. What's the difference?

Schindler's List portrayed in terms never before seen this side of a documentary the horrors of the Nazi death camps and the murderous hatred of the Jews at the heart of the Nazi nightmare. This picture was a liberal's dream. It indicted Germany (correctly) and by implication America, which liberals consider no better and no different than the Nazi regime. The result: honors aplenty. Praise for Speilberg (legitimately). Hand-wringing indictments against the evils of Nazism and analogies drawn to how American is no different and no better.

Saving Private Ryan , simply put, honored America and the American fighting man. It highlighted just what it took to cross Omaha Beach, and the level of honor, courage and commitment the WWII generation had to defeat the very Nazi empire so condemned in Schindler's List.

What was the response from the Hollywood Left? Quasi-fascist drivel. . . glorifying warfare. . . stark and simplistic. And the predictable result was the film was ignored come Oscar time in favor of. . . does anybody remember? Shakespeare In Love. Does anybody even remember Shakespeare In Love? Will anybody remember it in five years? But the Holly-libs couldn't stand to recognize a legitimately great film honoring the American fighting man, under any circumstances.

And so it will be with We Were Soldiers. Don't expect anything out of these socialist perverts. The concept of duty, honor, commitment and love of country is something they just don't get and never will.

37 posted on 03/22/2002 3:29:42 PM PST by Euro-American Scum
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To: Sir Gawain;racebannon;OneidaM
A veteran bump.....
38 posted on 03/22/2002 3:36:20 PM PST by Dutchy
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I am far more comfortable in the company of those once-young soldiers today than with any other group except my own family. They are my comrades-in-arms, the best friends of my life…"

I suspect that much of Clinton and Hollywood's disdain for the military is plain old common jealousy and guilt...for both the rewards and scars you and your brothers-in-arms carry for a lifetime make you simply better human beings. Somewhere in their cynical souls they know. Hugs.

39 posted on 03/22/2002 3:52:49 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: VOA
...You need to see:

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR BRUCE CRANDAL MEDAL OF HONOR

...Thread in ..'The Movie'.. Discussion Forum on...

.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com ..

...and say .."ALOHA".. to the Sons of CRANDALL

40 posted on 03/22/2002 4:13:59 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I went twice!! Gotta see it again, the last time, some loser couple made comments through the whole thing..(what's he doing? oh, I see, what is that, oh, he's going to drop that...)

Made me want to spit!!

41 posted on 03/22/2002 5:19:41 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks Ronnie. We have seen it twice so far.The first time just FallGuy and I and the second time we took a few Vietnam vets with us from the Vietnam Vets group here where I live.

Thank you so much Ronnie for all you do.

42 posted on 03/22/2002 6:07:51 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
...4-Sure ..thank you for all you do for US, Snow Bunny...
43 posted on 03/22/2002 6:52:26 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: All; Sir Gawain

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NEVER FORGET

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“WE WERE SOLDIERS” & “GREEN DRAGON” Vietnamese Actor DON DUONG dies at Age 55

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16072280

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NEVER FORGET

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44 posted on 12/08/2011 12:54:57 AM 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; Sir Gawain

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NEVER FORGET

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“WE WERE SOLDIERS” & “GREEN DRAGON” Vietnamese Actor DON DUONG dies at Age 55

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16072280

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NEVER FORGET

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45 posted on 12/08/2011 12:55:06 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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