We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
We Were Soldiers Once and Young Ia DrangThe Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam Author:Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the la 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 even... more »ts constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. Told by the commander of the battalion and the only journalist on the ground through the fighting, this is the devastating, yet inspiring, story of those soldiers who sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up.« less
In terms of books on battles/war, this book is one of the best I have ever read. I believe that, rather than being written by a historian who may over-romanticize events, it was written by the commander on the ground. Adding to that is the fact that there are a lot of first-hand accounts by the soldiers involved. This story is told honestly and up-close and you feel like you are there with the men as they fight for their lives. If this genre is an interest to you, this is a book you have to read.
After seeing the motion picture of this story, I knew I had to read the book. I was not disappointed. In my opinion. Vietnam is a war we must remember. This story, about so many heroic soldiers and their bravery and sacrifices is one that is hard to forget.