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LT. COL. HAL MOORE AFTER THE BATTLE OF LA DRANG Just before we left, we stood looking at each other … and the tears were coming down our cheeks. I told Joe, “I want you to go back to Saigon and tell the American people what great Soldiers these are. Tell them what a great job they did and what a great Army we have

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Basil L. Plumley (January 1, 1920 – October 10, 2012[1]) 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"

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Harold "Hal" Moore Jr. 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"

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LTC Hal Moore commander 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry .. Onfield Radio during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the La Drang Valley Vietnam (Courtesy Opsgear.com)

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After the battle at LZ X-Ray was over, LTC Hal Moore was given a two-week leave to write his after-action report. Since this battle was conducted under the control of ARVN II Corps Headquarters, a copy of this classified report had been submitted to Colonel Hieu, II Corps Chief of Staff, who orchestrated the entire Pleime-ChuPong-IaDrang campaign. And when it came to Colonel Hieu's turn to write his after action report of the entire campaign

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‘The Soldiers Carry On’ “We were young, confident and patriotic and our countrymen knew little and cared less about our sacrifices.” ~Lt. Col. Hal Moore Photo by Nicholas Grosz

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