We Were Soldiers Once... and Young

Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 16 hrs
Categories: History, Military
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Publisher's Summary

In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh 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.

©1992 Lt. General H. G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (P)2018 Tantor

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Excellent Book!<br />

I was in love with this book! I finished the whole thing in two days. if you have not watched the movie, please do!

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Garry Owen sir,

A graphic telling of the battles in the Ia Drang valley, Vietnam and heart wrenching aftermath at home

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Shockingly Excellent Read

I was a teenager during the start of the Vietnam War, I wrote to many soldiers and never quite understood what those boys went through. Col. Moore tells a gripping detail description of the horrors they went through. My heart goes out to each and every veteran. Welcome home and thanks for your service. Everyone should read this book and thank any soldier for putting their lives on the line for civilians. This book is amazing, funny in some spots and heartbreaking. Read it, you won’t regret it.

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Eyeopener

It's time we hear the stories of our VETS. Narrator fits perfectly with this book.

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So much better than the movie!!

I’m one of those people who watched the movie, then reads the book. And I am never surprised at the liberties Hollywood takes when telling their side of it. So many half truths were taken by them. The book is amazing and tells the whole story behind the Ia Drang campaign in 1965. Well worth the time to listen to it.

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Incredible

This was masterfully written and narrated. You truly felt the anguish and difficult decisions that were made from multiple soldiers and family members accounts of what happened during the beginnings of the Vietnam War. The movie does not give real justice to what occurred.

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Raw, Brave, Heroic, Heartbreaking...

An intense and real look at the Vietnam War and these specific battles! Hal Moore and Joe Galloway wrote brilliantly, and are true American Heroes! Wonderful book and narration!

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Mispronounced words are a pet peeve of mine.

This book is a detailed story of a turning point for both sides in the Vietnam war and if very well written. The narrator mispronounced the word "mobile" throughout the book, pronouncing "mobeel", and hearing "air mobeel" over and over and over was frustrating. A "mobeel" is something you hang over a baby's crib, or a port city in Alabama. He also started out by pronouncing the word khaki as "cocky" but after a few chapters started getting it right.

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The truth

As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War I don’t spend much time reliving those harsh and painful days. Too many try to tell the story of war when only those who have fought in one truly understand the tragedy that war represents. This story is as close as you will ever get unless you were there. Remember these fine young men who died so young and for so little gain. Remember the soldiers who returned home to ridicule and anger and who suffered, many for decades, the undying memories of such horrors.

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Riveting!

Couldn't stop listening. Great descriptions. Narrator changed accents and points of view from a collection of sources.

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