Lieutenant Colonel Moore~ Distinguished Service Cross~ Led his unit in the famous Battle of Ia Drang. Encircled by enemy soldiers with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, he managed to persevere despite overwhelming odds that led to a sister battalion only two-and-a-half miles away being massacred the next day. Many consider this early battle a microcosm of the later war. Hal Moore was portrayed by actor, Mel Gibson in the movie "We Were Soldiers."
Retired Army Lt. Gen.Harold "Hal" Moore, Jr. attends the West Point football spring scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium in Ft. Benning, Ga. March 9, 2012. Moore is best known as the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang, in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He is the author of "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" which was adapted into the 2002 film We Were Soldiers.
LTG Hal Moore and CSM Basil Plumley lead members of the 1st Battalion 7th U. S. Cavalry (Airmobile), the unit portrayed in the film "We Were Soldiers" about the Battle of la Drang on 14 Dec 1965; the first battle between U. S. Forces against the North Vietnamese Army.
Basil L. Plumley (January 1, 1920 – October 10, 2012) was a United States Army command sergeant major. He is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (Vietnam, 1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young"