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In the first significant battle between American troops and the North Vietnamese the momentous Ia Drang Valley Battle served as a catalyst to furthering US involvement in Vietnam We Were Soldiers Onceand Young gives the reader a rough and raw look at the realities of war Vietnam and the poignant battle between October 23 and November 26 1965 of the Ia Drang Valley With choppy sentences and lacking artful literature men who were actually there could have only written this book Authors Harold Moore who commanded the 1st Battalion-7th Cavalry and Joseph Galloway a reporter present throughout the battles traumatic days both combined extensive research in-depth interviews and above all personal memories to write one hell of a chilly book We Were Soldiers Once and Young highlights the advancement of tactical war fare the prevailing use of helicopters and brings to play air mobile operations Yet through tales of heroism bravery courage and pure out insanity Moore and Galloway compose pages upon pages of the United States finest weapon Americas dazzling young solders Moore and Galloway set up the history of the conflict of Vietnam and the prelude to Ia Drang by articulating American had not yet recovered from the shock of President Kennedys assassination 11 Vice President Johnson had triumphed over Republican opponent Goldwater and succeeded Kennedy as President Perhaps a vehicle to Johnsons inflamed temper towards the conflict in Vietnam February 6 1965 the MACV were attacked by Viet Cong Like a row of stacked dominoes Johnson approved Operation Rolling Thunder and thirty-two days later US Marines landed ashore at the outskirts of Vietnam Thinking that the United States firm action and aggression would bring Hanoi to the negotiation table Ho Chi Minh had nothing to say to the US while his country was being bombed Like an old ex-wife Westmoreland began asking Johnson for more troops and then more and more and more never to be satisfied Vietnam had been undergoing
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