⛄ The ‿ We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam  ⛏ ePUB By Lt General Ha Moore ⛴ ⛄ The ‿ We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam ⛏ ePUB By Lt General Ha Moore ⛴ PrologueIn thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch dAnd heard thee murmur tales of iron wars Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One, Act II, Scene 3This story is about time and memories The time was 1965, a different kind of year, a watershed year when one era was ending in America and another was beginning We felt it then, in the many ways our lives changed so suddenly, so dramatically, and looking back on it from a quarter century gone we are left in no doubt It was the year America decided to directly intervene in the Byzantine affairs of obscure and distant Vietnam It was the year we went to war In the broad, traditional sense, that we who went to war was all of us, all Americans, though in truth at that time the larger majority had little knowledge of, less interest in, and no great concern with what was beginning so far away.So this story is about the smaller, tightly focused we of that sentence the first American combat troops, who boarded World War II era troopships, sailed to that little known place, and fought the first major battle of a conflict that would drag on for ten long years and come as near to destroying America as it did to destroying Vietnam.The Ia Drang campaign was to the Vietnam War what the terrible Spanish Civil War of the 1930s was to World War II a dress rehearsal the place where new tactics, techniques, and weapons were tested, perfected, and validated In the Ia Drang, both sides claimed victory and both sides drew lessons, some of them dangerously deceptive, which echoed and resonated throughout the decade of bloody fighting and bitter sacrifice that was to come This is about what we did, what we saw, what we suffered in a thirty four day campaign in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands of South Vietnam in November 1965, when we were young and confident and patriotic and our countrymen knew little and cared less about our sacrifices Another war story, you say Not exactly, for on the important levels this is a love story, told in our own words and by our own actions We were the children of the 1950s and we went where we were sent because we loved our country We were draftees, most of us, but we were proud of the opportunity to serve that country just as our fathers had served in World War II and our older brothers in Korea We were members of an elite, experimental combat division trained in the new art of airmobile warfare at the behest of President John F Kennedy Just before we shipped out to Vietnam the Army handed us the colors of the historic 1st Cavalry Division and we all proudly sewed on the big yellow and black shoulder patches with the horsehead silhouette We went to war because our country asked us to go, because our new President, Lyndon B Johnson, ordered us to go, but importantly because we saw it as our duty to go That is one kind of love From the Hardcover edition.A GUT WRENCHING ACCOUNT OF WHAT WAR IS REALLY ALL ABOUT, which should be must reading for all Americans, especially those who have been led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game.GENERAL H NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF Hal Moore and Joe Galloway have captured the terror and exhilaration, the comradeship and self sacrifice, the brutality and compassion that are the dark heart of war.NEIL SHEEHAN, author of A Bright Shining LieA powerful and epic story This is the best account of infantry combat I have ever read, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War.COLONEL DAVID HACKWORTH, author of the bestseller About Face From the Trade Paperback edition. 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