Moore and Galloway's "We Were Soldiers Once?And Young"
This paper reviews the book "We Were Soldier's Once...And Young: Ia Drang: The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam" by Lt. General Harold G. Moore and James Galloway, who accompanied the battalion on its tour.
# 64904 | 810 words | 0 sources | 2005 |
Published on Apr 09, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present)
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This paper explains that the book "We Were Soldier's Once...And Young: Ia Drang: The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam" by Lt. General Harold G. Moore and James Galloway is a record of a group of soldiers who, under exceptional, inspirational leadership, fought not only against the enemy but also against the odds of their own survival. The author points out that the story focuses on the relationship between then Lt. Colonel Harold G. Moore and the 450 men who composed the 1st battalion, 7th Calvary and chronicles their horrific journey together as they were dropped into the Ia Drang Valley for the first battle of the Vietnam War and one of the first major military helicopter operations in history. The paper states that what also makes this book significant is that Moore and Galloway recount each man's death in individual dignity.
From the Paper:"A few different factors affected troop levels. The first was that President Lyndon B. Johnson did not declare a state of emergency and extended the active dusty tours of draftees and reserve officers. Thus, anyone with less than 60 days or less remaining on their tour would not be sent to battle. This removed at least 100 young men from Moore's battalion. The tour of duty was decreed to be 12-13 months, which meant that troops had precious little time to cement emotional and psychological bonds with the men fighting beside them. Additionally, there was a six month limit on battalion and brigade command. The men who would not be going to battle were the experienced men."
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