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We Were Soldiers Once... and Young

Written by: Harold G. Moore,Joseph L. Galloway
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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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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WOW, Exceptional

Based on real events and people. Unbelievable suffering, I'm in awe of the dedication the soldiers displayed. If you have seen the movie this book will give you a different perspective and greater appreciation of what those soldiers lived thru. An excellent historical account.

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Emotional

One of the best war stories I've ever read. An extremely heartfelt look at what men went through in Vietnam. This book should be taught in schools.

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Powerful book on soldiering

Incredible story. Excellently written and very well narrated. There're timeless lessons of war captured in this book. Highly recommend for currently serving soldiers.

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Let Down By Narration

A very moving account of this important battle, written by those most qualified to write it. I just wish that the narrator had enough respect for the work, and the listener, to properly prepare. It would only have taken a few minutes to learn the pronunciation of Vietnam place names and the few military acronyms and abbreviations.
ie: SFC (Sergeant First Class), ARVN (rhymes with Marvin), MACV (Mak Vee) and others. But all in all well worth purchasing.

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absolutely awe-inspiring

I absolutely loved this book, and will definitely come back to it in the future.

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