We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
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Mass Market Paperbound, Presidio Press, 2004, ISBN# 0345472640

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Chronicles one of the most brutal and crucial confrontations between Americans and the Viet Cong, when 450 U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the Ia Drang Valley and were immediately surrounded by 2000 North Vetnamese soldiers. Reprint.

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Chronicles one of the most brutal and crucial confrontations between Americans and the Viet Cong, when 450 U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the Ia Drang Valley and were immediately surrounded by 2000 North Vetnamese soldiers. Reprint.

Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.""
In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Jun 2004
ISBN-13: 9780345472649
ISBN-10: 0345472640
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 455
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.75 x 1.0
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Better than anything I have ever read, it shows the price of war. Rather than numbers and names on a casualty lists, you understand these are real people whose lives are being dramatically altered or ended. You see the impacts their deaths had on their wives, children, parents and friends. You realize the enormity of what has occured in a single instant. You see the bravery and understand they died scared, dirty, and for each other.

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