We Were Soldiers Once And Young Summary

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We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, is a well written book about the Vietnam War. It describes the fighting in the Ia Drang Valley in November, 1965, that marked the first major interaction between American and North Vietnamese troops. Moore and Galloway state that the battle of Ia Drang established a conflict that would continue until American troops withdrew from Vietnam. Moore led the Seventh Cavalry that engaged the North Vietnamese in battle. Joseph Galloway was the first American journalist to arrive to the battlefield. Their military decisions deserve some thought, but this book is much more than a military history. Moore and Galloway created their story out of the memories of survivors of the…show more content…
The book recalls these men’s involvement with combat and the ways that it changed them. It exposes the gruesomeness of war and the bravery of the men who fought. Although it pays its tributes to the heroism of the Americans who fought in the battle of Ia Drang, Moore and Galloway never forget the terrible cost of war. They introduce their book with pages naming the Americans who died in the battle. Unlike many writers of military history, they pay attention to the sad aftermath of combat, both the task of policing the battlefield and the miserable notification of families back home that their loved ones have deceased. Not in any way do Moore and Galloway forget about the North Vietnamese servicemen’s side of the story. They went to Vietnam to discuss the battle in the valley with the Vietnamese officers who commanded the battle of Ia Drang. Always thinking about the ultimate uselessness of the Vietnam War and the memory of the sacrifices made there by American servicemen, Moore and Galloway’s work takes on the dignity of the composition, for the brave young men who went unquestioningly into battle in 1965 and for the thoughts they carried with

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