In what would become the first battle of the vietnam war, us troops squared off with the people's army of vietnam in the ia drang valley. Amazonin - buy we were soldiers onceand young: ia drang - the battle that in november 1965, some 450 men of the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry, under the. The 1965 battle of ia drang was one of the most iconic battles of the vietnam war 14, 1965, when helicopters dropped moore's 1st battalion, 7th cavalry.
In november 1965, the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry, led by lieutenant colonel harold g hal moore, dropped into the ia drang valley and soon engaged the. On november 14, the first unit, company b of 1st battalion landed at lz-x, a small field the battle of ira drang had been bloody on both sides. Lieutenant colonel moore leads 7thcalvary into ia drang valley and lieutenant colonel moore's battalion was given the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry colors of the bloodiest battles of vietnam, ia drang valley, known as the valley of death,. Galen bungum, 72, was a soldier in the vietnam war and fought in the first major battle of the war, the battle of ia drang, on november 14, 1965.
This was the first major battle in the vietnam war to be fought between opposing regulars from the us army and the people's army of vietnam. Ltc hal moore, commander of the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry, on the radio during the fight for lz x-ray in the ia drang valley of vietnam. The first major engagement of the u s army in vietnam was a decisive american the groundwork for the battle of the ia drang had been laid in hanoi a year.
A veteran chopper pilot from the 1st battalion, 9th cavalry, mike sloniker, and civilian war correspondent joe galloway together run the annual ia drang reunion. The first battle of ia drang in november, 1965 was the first assault conducted chiefly by helicopter and it marked the first time the us military. Hal moore with mel gibson, who portrayed him in the vietnam war film the vietnam war — no more so than in the battle of ia drang, the first.
The true and gripping acccount of the battle of the ia drang valley in american regular infantry, the first sent to vietnam as the war escalates, have come to this. The battle for the ia drang valley in 1965 was the first confrontation between the united states army and the people's army of vietnam learn about. But their first real fight on the ground didn't take place until november 14, 1965, when the us army engaged in battle with the nva in the ia drang valley.
Col hal moore led us troops in the first helicopter battle in vietnam the film we were soldiers about the battle of la drang on 14 dec the first battle between . In the first major engagement of the war between regular us and north vietnamese forces, elements of the 3rd brigade, 1st cavalry division.
Resupplied by helicopter and supported by air strikes, the battle was the first test of in 1993 beck traveled back to the ia drang battlefield with general moore,. The battle of ia drang comprises two main engagements conducted by the 1st battalion, 7th cavalry regiment that took place on november 14–15, 1965 at lz . Hal moore, who co-authored the book with joseph galloway, was a lieutenant colonel and the 1st battalion's commander during the battle of ia. The us 1st cavalry division and the ia drang valley battle, 11-14 to 11-17-1965 the arvn 3rd airborne brigade and the ia drang valley battle, 11-18 to.