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  • A great American hero. His death should have been front page news in every major newspaper, instead our leftist media reports on illegal immigrants.

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  • Rest in peace you honorable and decent soldier.  You have earned the respect of all Americans.  Unfortunately this is exactly the kind of effective and competent leader that the traitor Obama wanted to purge from our military.

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  • So long, General Moore.  Rest easy, your watch has ended, and we remain ever vigilant.  

    Day is done, gone the sun,  

    From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;   

    All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.  

    Fading light, dims the sight,   

    And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.   

    From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.   

    Thanks and praise, for our days,   

    'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;  

    As we go, this we know, God is nigh.   

    Sun has set, shadows come,   

    Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds   

    Always true to the promise that they made.   

    While the light fades from sight,   

    And the stars gleaming rays softly send,   

    To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend. 

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  • You wanna see a hero? A patriot?  Look no further...this is what we should teach our kids about in school...not some mabi pambi tranny stuff.

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  • AMERICA  should lower its flag to half staff. RIP General Moore. 

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  • digameh why are you putting an add like this in a thread like this that is sooo disrecectful to General Moor it isnt even right

    2 hrs and 10 posts and 10 dislikes this is soo wrong on many levels

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  • Only another old veteran can say this to Hal Moore: "Garry Owen."RIP, General Moore.

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  • Respect to this man ....born  to carve out freedom and to risk his life with many others .. un ---- like the people that take up space whining and protesting about not being able to come to this country without Lifting a finger! Wanting it all there way! You know instead of disrupting and disrespecting why dont these people get strong and change there own countries ! Get some balls on .... and fix what's broken in there countries where they need to remove the problems... they  should look at the brace individual and do something in there Crappy world... they disrespect all that heros of America have done!!!!  

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  • Rest in peace.....a true leader and patriot to our country and the men he led, Well done!

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  • God bless you sir!

    I am proud to have served in same division, tho not your battalion. 

    The passing of Hal Moore leaves a hole in my world.

    You will not be forgotten, for you are the best of America.

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  • WOW. RIP LT. GENERAL HAL MOORE, YOU MIGHT HAVE KNOWN MY DADDY HE FOUGHT ON THE KOREAN WAR. I NEVER KNEW HIM. US GOVERNMENT FORGOT ABOUT ALL THE BABIES THEY DROPPED,THERE.

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  • Great Man  And Soldier.. the sad part, during Nam, he would come home to people spitting on service members and being called Baby killers.. seems time hasnt changed anything.. Lieberals still call service members names and disrespect them..

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  • Although I didn't know you my Dad spent 22 years in the Navy retiring in 1968. He was a great man and so after watching the movie and reading up on you It is plain to see the kind of hero you truly were sir! I pray your family is comforted by our Lord and that all will be reunited in Gods Glorious Kingdom in time.....mike

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  • To a warrior and his men who fought a long side with him, may God watch over you.

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  • America is minus a great man .....RIP   Thank you for your service.....

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  • May he rest in peace indeed. An incredible soldier and leader and an avid and expert skier as well.  His role in the battle at Ia Drang was, apparently, not unlike that of his contribution to Crested Butte, total commitment and fine leadership.  As well as mourning his loss, I mourn my having failed to follow up on a plan I formulated soon after reading “We Were Soldiers Once,…and Young”. 

    Like General Moore, I was also an armored cavalry officer who served in Vietnam and, like the General, I was an avid and expert skier.  At the time of his book, he was living at Crested Butte, a gnarly little ski area in Colorado and I was living at Alpental, a gnarly little ski area in Washington state.  

    Word was about that General Moore’s presence was apparent throughout the town of Crested Butte and particularly at one of the local taverns.  That tavern was touted as an unofficial headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division the insignia of which is a shield with a yellow field, a black line from the upper left to the lower right and the head of a horse above the line to the right.  The insignia was reputed to be displayed on a large flag  draped from the ceiling amid many other memorabilia of the unit.

    General Moore and I also had some differences.  He graduated from West Point and was commissioned as an infantry officer (a grunt), I graduated from the Armor Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox (after earning a degree at Whittier College) and was commissioned as an armor officer.   He served in the high profile 1st Cavalry, with its long and flashy history prior to and ever since General Custer.  I served in the 17th Cavalry, the reputation and notoriety of which was not so much.  That there was a certain unit rivalry within the Cavalry Branch was reflected in the oft’ made statement by those of us not of the 1st Cav, that its insignia represented: “the color of their bellies, the line they never crossed and the horse they never road”.

    The similarity of our interests, leavened by the differences, gave rise to the formulation of the above mentioned plan.  It called for me to go to Crested Butte, ski the most difficult of its terrain to prove that it paled in challenges compared to Alpental.  To then go to that local tavern, at a time that the General was likely to be there, order a pitcher of beer, drink half of it, move to a prominent position below the 1st Cav’s flag; and, in my best command voice, sound off:  “A toast to the 1st Cavalry Regiment, the yellow of its belly, the line it never crossed and the horse it never rode”.

    After the ensuing brawl and assuming the general and I were still standing, I then would share another pitcher with the General and debate with him the merits of the tactics adopted by the grunts in the 1st Cav to maneuver as mechanized infantry (using choppers as personnel carriers to pour foot soldiers into the Ia Drang valley to be chopped to pieces as they fought uphill against the NVA swarming down from the Chu Pong Massif), versus using them as mounts to encircle the enemy by inserting the reinforcing battalions on the back side of the massif and sweeping down behind the NVA forcing them to fight two fronts.  I would have argued that such a maneuver would have meant an astounding victory and afforded us the opportunity to occupy the massif, which was a main terminus of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  The NVA had honeycombed the massif with myriad underground installations and it contained vast stores of all forms of supplies, command and control facilities and even a fully operational hospital.  It would have, I would have argued, represented such a blow to the NVA as to have possibly caused Ho to give consideration to a different course.

    Those not of the cavalry (or who have not read W.E.B. Griffin) are not familiar with the institutional friction that has existed from the inception of the air cavalry concept and the doctrines governing its deployment; but, the fact remains that those of us who came to the cavalry from armor always decried the tendency for many commanders to use aircraft resources more as transports to the lines of battle rather than as maneuverable mounts around and through those lines.

    I can think of no one who would have been better qualified or able to prosecute the arguments from the infantry’s perspective than would have been General Moore; and, thus, as we all mourn his loss, as say, I mourn my failure to have executed my plan.  I like to thing that we would have fully aired the debate, I would have been provided a definitive answer to a question that plagues me to this day from the most qualified human being to answer that question; and, we might have become fast friends during the course of the debate and the draining of that pitcher of beer.

    Gary Owen!

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  • REST IN PEACE Col Moore. Thank you for your service. I am happy that you lived to a ripe old age. 

    The movie was one of the most intense movies I have ever seen. And surely was only a shadowof what you and your soldiers went through. I need to get the book as well.

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  • Rest In Peace, General Moore.  You did yourself, your Men, and your Nation Proud.  No one could ask for more.

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  • The book,"We were Soldiers once and young" is a great book to read. Every one of the Soldiers and Airman who died it that battle are listed in that book. Our Country has lost a great Patriot!

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  • JOB WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SOLDIER! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED WELL!!! HERE IS THE KEY ? TO GOD'S HEAVENLY ETERNITY! I AM SURE AS YOU MARCHED THROUGH THE GATES OF HEAVEN ABOVE THE VETERANS IN ETERNITY WERE ALL IN TWO PARALLEL LINES STANDING AT FULL ATTENTION GIVING YOU A SLOW HAND SALUTE TO YOU!!! AND THEY ALL DID IT WITH ANGELIC LOVE ?? IN THEIR ETERNAL HEARTS ? TOO JUST FOR YOU!!!! AND FOR YOUR SERVICE FROM A GRATEFUL NATION OF GOD'S CREATION ???WE THE PEOPLE??? SAY A HUMBLE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TOO! A HUMBLE THANK YOU HARDLY SEEMS TO SUFFICE FOR YOUR FAMILY WHO SADLY IS MISSING YOU ? BECAUSE YOU PAID THE "ULTIMATE SACRIFICE!" WE LIFT PRAYERS ???? WITH LOVE ?? IN OUR HEARTS FOR YOUR FAMILY FROM THE START!!! WE KNOW THEY MISS YOU WITH THEIR ENTIRE BEING SO SADLY DEEP IN THEIR HEART!!!! FROM THIS EARTH ? THE PLACE OF YOUR BIRTH WE'RE SO SORRY YOU HAD TO DEPART!!! BUT WE KNOW YOU'RE ALIVE IN HEAVEN ABOVE SURROUNDED BY THE HOLY TRINITY'S PURE LIGHT AND LOVE ??!!!! WELCOME HOME TO HEAVEN ABOVE!!!!????????

    Patriotically??? & 

    Faithfully????

    Kimberly Hopkins-Hesse.

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  • May he rest in peace indeed. An incredible soldier and leader and an avid and expert skier as well.  His role in the battle at Ia Drang was, apparently, not unlike that of his contribution to Crested Butte, total commitment and fine leadership.  As well as mourning his loss, I mourn my having failed to follow up on a plan I formulated soon after reading “We Were Soldiers Once,…and Young”. 

    Like General Moore, I was also an armored cavalry officer who served in Vietnam and, like the General, I was an avid and expert skier.  At the time of his book, he was living at Crested Butte, a gnarly little ski area in Colorado and I was living at Alpental, a gnarly little ski area in Washington state.  

    Word was about that General Moore’s presence was apparent throughout the town of Crested Butte and particularly at one of the local taverns.  That tavern was touted as an unofficial headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division the insignia of which is a shield with a yellow field, a black line from the upper left to the lower right and the head of a horse above the line to the right.  The insignia was reputed to be displayed on a large flag  draped from the ceiling amid many other memorabilia of the unit.

    General Moore and I also had some differences.  He graduated from West Point and was commissioned as an infantry officer (a grunt), I graduated from the Armor Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox (after earning a degree at Whittier College) and was commissioned as an armor officer.   He served in the high profile 1st Cavalry, with its long and flashy history prior to and ever since General Custer.  I served in the 17th Cavalry, the reputation and notoriety of which was not so much.  That there was a certain unit rivalry within the Cavalry Branch was reflected in the oft’ made statement by those of us not of the 1st Cav, that its insignia represented: “the color of their bellies, the line they never crossed and the horse they never road”.

    The similarity of our interests, leavened by the differences, gave rise to the formulation of the above mentioned plan.  It called for me to go to Crested Butte, ski the most difficult of its terrain to prove that it paled in challenges compared to Alpental.  To then go to that local tavern, at a time that the General was likely to be there, order a pitcher of beer, drink half of it, move to a prominent position below the 1st Cav’s flag; and, in my best command voice, sound off:  “A toast to the 1st Cavalry Regiment, the yellow of its belly, the line it never crossed and the horse it never rode”.

    After the ensuing brawl and assuming the general and I were still standing, I then would share another pitcher with the General and debate with him the merits of the tactics adopted by the grunts in the 1st Cav to maneuver as mechanized infantry (using choppers as personnel carriers to pour foot soldiers into the Ia Drang valley to be chopped to pieces as they fought uphill against the NVA swarming down from the Chu Pong Massif), versus using them as mounts to encircle the enemy by inserting the reinforcing battalions on the back side of the massif and sweeping down behind the NVA forcing them to fight two fronts.  I would have argued that such a maneuver would have meant an astounding victory and afforded us the opportunity to occupy the massif, which was a main terminus of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  The NVA had honeycombed the massif with myriad underground installations and it contained vast stores of all forms of supplies, command and control facilities and even a fully operational hospital.  It would have, I would have argued, represented such a blow to the NVA as to have possibly caused Ho to give consideration to a different course.

    Those not of the cavalry (or who have not read W.E.B. Griffin) are not familiar with the institutional friction that has existed from the inception of the air cavalry concept and the doctrines governing its deployment; but, the fact remains that those of us who came to the cavalry from armor always decried the tendency for many commanders to use aircraft resources more as transports to the lines of battle rather than as maneuverable mounts around and through those lines.

    I can think of no one who would have been better qualified or able to prosecute the arguments from the infantry’s perspective than would have been General Moore; and, thus, as we all mourn his loss, as say, I mourn my failure to have executed my plan.  I like to thing that we would have fully aired the debate, I would have been provided a definitive answer to a question that plagues me to this day from the most qualified human being to answer that question; and, we might have become fast friends during the course of the debate and the draining of that pitcher of beer.

    Gary Owen!

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  • With deep sorrow from all former South Vietnamese veterans to Lt. General Hal Moore family and loved ones. May Almighty God opens his hands and great our honorable friend into his peaceful land.  

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  • Badass American hero.  God be with you. Thank you for your service.

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    We Were Soldiers is FICTION

    From: [email protected] Date: 6/13/2003 Time: 3:01:52 AM Remote Name: 205.188.208.5  

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    Well you see I was there   in the movie the only thing true is Moore being the first one on X-Ray  and the Bugle being picked up at X-Ray and no he was not the last to  leave X-Ray he left on the 3rd lift out and came back. the rest is  Fiction as was the story X-Ray part.  Moore didnt see Galloway save Nakayama  anytime you or Moore and Galloway want to back up their story in a court of law let me know.  Mr. JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY HAD NO MILITARY SERVICE, Training AT ALL.   Who am I? [email protected] Russell L. Ross 1741 Maysong ct. San Jose, Ca 95131-2727 ph 408 926-9336   Sept 1965-66 SP/4 Russell L. Ross RA17630469 D company 2nd Battalion 7th  Cavalry Recon Platoon ( LoneRanger call sign ) 1st Cavalry Division  Airmobile An Khe Vietnam.   1964 B company 1st Battalion 511 Infantry ( Airborne ) 11 Air Assualt ( test ) FT. Benning, Georgia.   1965 B company 1/511 became B company 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry (  Airborne ) 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile FT. Benning, Georgia.   And in July 1965 I was sent to the 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile.   JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY ( Rambo The Reporter ) IS NOW SELLING HIS COMBAT  PICTURES FROM LANDING ZONE X-RAY. Joseph L. Galloway The Walter Mitty of  the war, Rambo the Reporter, A Plagiarist, Fiction writer, and now add  fraud.   Galloway brandishes a Swedish K submachinegun at Danang in August 1965. day battle. Joe prior to Xray battle   He is the only civilian to receive a medal from the U.S. Army for valor  during the Vietnam War—a Bronze Star with Combat V for rescuing wounded  soldiers under fire in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965.   ( Even though Moore didnt see him do this he wrote him up for it .added by me )   A veteran of 42 years in journalism with United Press International and  U.S. News & World Report, he is coauthor with retired Army  Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and  Young (New York: Random House, 1992).   Galloway—the award-winning newsman and current special consultant to  Secretary of State General Colin Powell spoke recently with Fred L.  Schultz at U.S. Naval Institute headquarters. STEVE NORTHUP http://www.usni.org/Proceedings/Articles02/PROgalloway02.htm  Why is Joseph L. Galloway altering his combat pictures of Landing Zone  X-Ray?? is it becouse they show the truth and not the lies written by  Galloway and Moore in their Book We Were Soldiers Once and Young ( The  X-Ray part ).   Joseph L. Galloway is altering some of his combat pictures to match the  story line in the book, as he now has the equipement to change them.   !!!!!WARNING!!!!! if you buy these pictures, be warned, some of the  pictures you see at this web site isnt the orignal pictures.   he has now since changed the ural here is the new ones http://www.weweresoldiers.net/ http://www.weweresoldiers.net/plate2.htm  OLD URAL >> http://www.biggolddog.com/photos.htm  The photographs offered are from the personal collection of Joe Galloway  ( Rambo the Reporter ) and were taken at LZ X-Ray during and after the  action in the Ia Drang Valley, November 14-16, 1965. The images reflect  the savagery of the combat, a feel for the emotions of the soldiers  involved and a sense for the terrain in which the battle was fought.   The photographs have never before been published and most have been seen  only by a handful of participants in the action. ( Actually some  pictures have been published and seen by over 26 million people ) These  images will help put a real face on the people, places and events in the  upcoming movie, "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young", starring Mel  Gibson. A film based on the book of the same name by Lt. Gen. Hal Mooore  and Joe.   Ia Drang Scholarship Fund.... As a lasting tribute to the men of the 1st  of the 7th Cavalry who gave so much in the Ia Drang, a permanent  scholarship fund was established for the children and grandchildren of  those who died in action in this heroic event. To honor that commitment,  10% of the purchase price of every Joe Galloway at the Ia Drang photo  will be donated to the fund.   Stories Part Fiction he embelished for them. U.S. NEWS and World Report Oct 29,1990 Pg 32 Fatal Victory Pg 36 Vietnam Story.   ARTICLES Galloway Plagarized. U.S. News and World Report Oct 25, 93 Page  45 Step by Step into a Quagmire SOURCE: Stanley Karnows Vietnam a  History Pages 479-485.   U.S. News and World Report Feb 4,1991 Page 49 "Who's Afraid of the  truth" SOURCE: Soldier of Fortune Dec 84 Pg 104 Press Escorts by Fred  Tucker. ( TUCKERS GORRILLAS ).   In the movie Gibson portray Galloway as a Reporter who pick's up a  weapon only to protect the wounded. BUT!!! Galloway was the most heavely  armed Reporter in Vietnam.   Page 32 Joseph L. Galloway Had wrangled a ride in to the Plie Me camp  while it was under siege, and becouse of the shortages of fighters found  him self assigned to a .30 cal light machine gun. With two other  reporters After the battle was over Major Charles Beckwith hands  Galloway an M-16 rifle, Galloway told Beckwith, Strictly speaking, under  the Geneva Convention he was "A civilian noncombatant." As you see  there is no logic. Galloway has just spent 3 days maning a .30 cal  machine gun killing PAVN troops and after the battle is over decides he  is a civilian noncombatant?   The question is why didnt Galloway join the service? He was always to  busy playing Soldier instead of being a Reporter. He wanted to be at any  battle he could get to, to record it, But when he get's there at the  battle. He start's to play Soldier. You cant write or record History,  While you busy playing soldier.   Of all the reporters in Vietnam, Galloway was the most danegerous to the  Americian troops, in His Walter Mitty and Rambo persona. He had no idea  what the soldier's job was, He as a reporter and could do what he  wanted and go where he wanted to at any time. Joseph L. Galloway( Rambo  the Reporter ) ROAMED all over VIETNAM, Killing as he pleased.   Page 35 November 13,1965 Galloway hitched a ride from Pleiku to Catecha  the 3 Brigade headquaters Galloway " I dug a foxhole out on the  perimeter with B company 1/7, Under one of those $50.00 tea bushes, set  out some spare! magazines ( M-16 ).   Galloway playing Soldier, It would have been better if he said I set out  some spare film rolls. to record events, his mind set is playing  soldier.   Page 32 Galloway writes: " At first lite I pinched of a small piece of  C-4 explosive from the emergency supply in my pack and used it to boil  up a canteen cup of water for coffee.   Walter Mitty part: If you lit C-4 very carefully you could be drinking  hot coffee in maybe 30 secounds. If you were careless it blew your arm  off.   If Galloway was so eager to receive the Bronze Star, Then he should be  ready to pay the price for violating the UCMJ. Conspiring to take a  $500,000 Helicopter and receiving Military equipement, 1 M16 Rifle, 1  Carl Gustaf,   I had to sign for all my equipement as all soldiers did and had to turn  it in when I left, Who did Galloway leave the M-16 with, Does he have  papers saying he turned it in? The same with the Carl Gustaf, Where did  he get it? Did he buy it, Pick it up on the Battlefield? Did he sell it  when he left? If he turned it in, Does he have the paper work to show  it?   Galloway conspired with a friend ( A Huey Pilot )into flying into Plei  Me camp. There were orders for all aircraft to stay out of the area, The  friend went AWOL, He and Galloway took the Huey and flew into Plei Me,  Beckwith needed, medical, and ammo.   At Plei Me Major Charles Beckwith had put Galloway and 2 other Reporters on a machinegun. and had given Galloway an M-16 Rifle.   MYTH's: Page 156-157 Vincent Cantu and Galloway meet during fierce  attack on D and C company's. Galloway was taking pictures. Vincent Cantu  braved the fire and sprinted to where Galloway was.   TRUTH: Soldier of Fortune Sept 83 Page 28 Galloway writes "During a (  LULL!!)." I met Vincent Cantu this was before the(skyhawk) naplmed the  Command post.   MYTH's: Page 35 Galloway The plantation billed the U.S. $50 for each tea bush and $250 for each rubber tree.   TRUTH: Soldier of Fortune Sept 83 Page 25 Galloway They billed U.S.$25 for each tea bush $125 for each rubber tree.   Galloway only left the saftey of the Command Post During " LULL's " in  the Battle, As soon as the firing started up, He would headed right back  to the Command post, He only took pictures of the dead and wounded.  Where are his action pictures?   Fiction We Were Soldiers Once and Young X-Ray part. page references are from the hardback.   FICTION: Fabarication applies particulary to a false but carefully  invented statement or a series of statements, in which some truth is  sometimes interwoven, the whole usually intended to deceive.   The Greatest Hero "People everywhere are smitten- With a tale that is  written. Once a hero's deeds are known- They're as good as etched in  stone. Every word, folks take to heart- And think this makes them very  smart. Amazing how the very wise- Never stop to realize- That what they  read may not be true. Groo   Moral: Even when the words are true the may not speak the truth Groo   Can you make Col. Klink ( Moore ) and Rambo the Reporter (Galloway ) into hero's pages from the hardback   Lt. Col. Moore was the Col. Klink of the war? He knew nothing, nothing   Page 17 Moore's new concepts & techniques were written in the 1950's  FM 57-35 Army Transport Avation-Combat Operations, 1963 FM 57-35  Airmobile Operations. by Officers he worked with? in 1957. Moore in 1957  "I was in on the concept of Airmobility with Gavin, Norton, Seneff  Williams". With 2 1/2 years writing, 1 1/2 years training in Airmobile  tatics in the 11Air Assault Division Test, for a total of 4 years and  yet he retained nothing about Airmobile tatics.   Page 37 Crandall "Moore wanted Aviation present, to be part of his Staff".   Moore, Crandall or his ALO had to coordinate the flight time from Plei  Me to X-Ray, flight routes, fire support, resuppy, Medevac Huey.   Moore couldnt plan the operation with out Crandall ( aviation ) present.   Page 60 As Crandall flared the huey to land at Landing Zone X-Ray Moore & his troops starts firing their weapons.   FM 57-35 There is no firing from the helicopter during flight, landing or any other time.   Pity the troop to their right a face full of hot brass, left ear drums  ringing, brass on floor or getting caught in the Huey's controls   Moore who had been listening to the battle of Landing Zone Albany on the  radio voluntered for the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry to go to Columbus to  guard the artillary, So the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry could go and  reinforce ALBANY.   MYTHS of The Ia Drang Valley Some Officers even Kinnard stated that  Moore voluntered to go into ALBANY but he didn’t. and from Persons in  the book That Moore and Galloway write good about give in return and  adds to the MYTHS about the 1/7 and Moore.   One Reporter Bob Poos of Soldier of Fortune writes that Moore and the  1st Battalion 7th Cavalry was the ones who relived the Plie me camp,   Soldier of Fortune March 83 page 29-30 ARVN AMBUSH 3rd column last 2 paragraphs.   Plie Me did get relief- with a vengeance- from the 1st Cavalry Division.  Through a strange coincidance, the camp commander, Capt Harold Moore,  Learned later that much of the relief force was commanded by a name  sake, Lt. Col. Harold Moore commander of the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry.   When in fact it was my old unit the 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry.   Capt George Forrest when he spoke to the Old Guard said Lt. Col. Moore was there in the 11AAD in 1963.   So starts the myths about Lt. Col. Moore and the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry.   Moore idea would cost time becouse the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry would  have to be to Columbus 4 hours, Then the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry would  have to be flown to Albany another 4 hours. 8 hours to renforce Albany?    So why didn’t Kinnard send the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry to reinforce ALBANY?   They were probally to drunk? they had spent the day of the 17 in the Bars of Pleiku   The most outrageous LIE Page 287 At Landing Zone Albany. There on the  dying enemy soldier something shiny. A big battered old French army  Bugle.   FACT: This Bugle was captured at Landing Zone X-Ray and brought into Landing Zone Albany by the reinforcements.   Leadership Principle 1 Be Technically and Tactically Proficent To know  you job thoroughly, you must posses not only specific knowledge of its  details but also a broad general knowledge concerning its area of  intrest. you should be competent in combat operations and training as  well as in the technical and admimistrative aspects of your duties. If  you demonstrate deficincies in these functions,your subordinates will  lose confidance in you as a leader.   Moore is under the delusion he has come up with a new Air Assault tatic  for the 1st lift would doom his men. for the want of a nail, The 2nd  Battalion 7th Cavalry. As the Battle of Landing Zone X-Ray would grind  up, The Troops, Helicopters and Artillary. Making them unavalible for  other units.   Leading to the walk to Landing Zone Albany by the 2/7.   What happend. It would appear Moore would be the first one chosen by  Kinnard for the 11 AIr Assault test, When it started up in 1963 but he  wasnt.   He had To write a letter to Major General Kinnard ( His Old Boss )  begging for a Infantry Battalion in the 11 air Assault Division.   It wasent till 1964, 1 year after it started he got the call. He didnt  get one with the 11 Air Assault but instead was given a Infantry  Battalion in the 2 infantry Division. The 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry.   Moore Had never commanded a Infantry Battalion before.   But one of the hand picked officers by Kinnard in 1963 was Lt. Col  McDade, He was chosen for the G-1 spot, He would be given command of the  2nd Battilion 7th Cavalry around November 7,1965 aproximately 10 days  before the battle of Landing Zone Albany.   McDade Had never Commanded a Infantry Battalion before.   THERE WAS ANOTHER FACTOR, MOORE AND MCDADE WERE HAVING A POWER STRUGGLE.   Keep abreast of current military devolopements. Moore "I thought up a  new technique for the inital lift." There are only two types of Air  assaults.   Moore under the delusion he had come up with a new technique.   The ground Commander ( Moore ) must concider two general types of  Airmobile assault when preparing the ground tatical plan. These types of  assaults differ primarily in the proximity of the LZ to the assault  objective   The first and preferred type is the landing of the assault ehelons immediately on, or adjacent to, the objective   The secound type of assault involves landing a distance from the  objective in a secure LZ, and requires assembly, reorganization, and  movement to an attack position prior to the assault on the objective.   What happend to Moore's H-hour.   Moore Get's his H-hour confused with the Attack time in the mission order.   H-hour in air assault terms is difined as the time the lead helicopter touches down on the Landing Zone.   Moore puts the H-hour at H-1030.   He then gets word the Artillary cant fire until H-1017. H-hour get delayed. 1 incremint? ( usually 15 minutes ).   So that should make H-hour, H-1045.   But Moore ( who is in the lead Huey ) dosent set foot on LZ X-Ray until H-1048,   3 minutes late.   Lt. Col. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway's part.( the enlisted  mens,Officers, Junior Officers and the 2/5, Bco 2/7 and 2/7 Battalion  stories cannot be disputed.)   Moore couldnt READ a MAP? Page 30 November 9, 1965 Moore "What does the RED STAR that is on the intelligence map mean?"   The Red Star is not a military symbol its explanation should have been on the lower right side ( margin ) of the map.   Moore " I had no doubt the 1/7 my Battalion would be chosen to mount the  attack into the Ia Drang as the 2/7 had a new commander.   Fact!! " the 1/7 was closer to the objective then the 2/7 " and had  nothing to do with the readiness of the Battalions. (Gen.John J Tolson).    Page 17 Moore's new concepts & techniques were written in the 1950's  FM 57-35 Army Transport Avation-Combat Operations.1960's FM 57-35  Airmobile Operations.   By Officers he worked with?   Page 17 1957 Moore "I was in on the concept of Airmobility with Pentagon  Reasearch and developement group. Moore "I was the 1st man in the  Airborne Branch". 4 years writing and training in Airmobile tatics.   Yet Moore retained nothing about Airmobile tatics.   Page 41 Moore "I thought up a new technique for the inital lift".   There are only 2 types of Air assaults This is the 2 one.   Page 37 Crandall "Moore wanted Aviation to be present, to be part of his Staff"   FM 57-35>Both the Ground Commander ( Moore ) and Aviation Commander (  Crandall ) or his ALO had to coordinate>flight time from Plei Me to  X-Ray, flight routes,resuppy. Moore couldnt plan the operation with out  Avation present.   FM 57-35 Key personnel are distributed among the aircraft of the lift so  the loss of one aircraft does not destroy the command structure.   Page 58 Moore and Crandall in the same Huey.   Page 59 The lift is flying at 110 knots.   FM 57-35 When diffrent types of aircraft fly in a single lift, cruising  speed of the slower aircraft must be the controlling speed of the lift.   UH-1B's are Gunships fly at 80 knots   UH-1D's are Slicks 110 knots.   I ask Bco's 1/7 3rd Platoon Leader Dennis Deal, why didnt Moore lay on  water for his men ( B co would be on the LZ for over 4 hours ) and why  he said it was not the Aviations job to haul out Wounded Troops?   B co's 1/7 3rd Platoon Leader Dennis Deal "dont ask me I knew nothing about Airmobile tatics."   Page 106 Moore we needed water, medical supplies and ammo.   Page 107 Bco 1/7 3rd Platoon Leader Dennis Deal by 3pm we ran out of water, the wounded kept begging for water.   Page 145 November 15, 1965 at 6:20am Jemison shared his last drops of water.   Page 112 November 14, 1965 While all day long the Battalion Supply  Officer was riding in and out of X-Ray & Galloway came. 240# of  water, medical, ammo not coming in, 1 Wounded troop not going out.   Page 106 Moore "hauling Wounded was not the slick crews job" ( Aviation )   FM 7-20 the Battalion Commanders hanbook, Hauling wounded is the secoundary mission of all military aircraft.   Page 63 Moore used his command Huey to haul out a non wounded POW.   Page 167 but none his wounded troops, Lt Franklin terribly wounded was set aside to die.   FM 1-100 Army Aviation The Command and Control Huey is to be used for  Command and Control ONLY it shouldnt be used for anyother purpose, like  RESUPPLY. .   a Medevac Huey was suppose to fly with the assault echelon ( 1st Lift )   Page 105 a wounded troop was stumbling toward the aid station, Galloway "  stay away go back" what was this 17 year old's thoughts 50 feet from  the aid station and treatment and told to stay away?   FM 57-35 page 12 paragraph 24 supply 6 miscellaneous. a. probable water  supply points are predesingnated. and comes in with the fowllowing  echelon.   FM 7-20 page 271 paragraph 313 returning aircraft may be used for the evacuation of casualities.   Galloway had no military service.   COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY no one expects the battalion commander to act as a rifleman no matter how proficient he is.   As he does so.   who commands his battalion?   Who gives guidance to his Company Commanders, he is taking responsibility away from his men and not meeting his own.   Page 34 Moore "I went to school on the Division Commander, authority must be pushed down to the man on the spot.   Page 40 Moore "I personally to influence the action would be in the 1st Huey to land on X-Ray."   Page 60 Moore leading his command group clear a sector of X-Ray, on the  way back to the LZ, meet the troops who were suppose to clear that  sector.   Page 73 Moore "I was tempted to join A co or C co's company's men"   Page 108 Moore "My operations Officer`& the Avaition Liason Officer  had controlled all flights into X-Ray, I then took control, every Huey  coming to X-Ray must radio me for landing instructions.   Page 109 Crandall Moore was now a signalman at the far end of the LZ was standing up, directing us where to land.   Page 109 The Brigade Commander had given Moore pathfinders.   Page 195 Moore "I personally lead the final counterattack to make  certian that the Company Commander of Bco 2/7 & his men did a safe,  clean, job & to look for my Missing Troops.   Moore didnt bring in his execuitive Officer( 2nd in command ) to help run the battalion command post.   Page 39 Moore "we had never maneuvered in combat as a battalion"   Page 28 Moore the Battalion made 2 sweeps near An Khe.   Page 31 nov 9 Moore "We shuttled the Battalion in 16 Hueys"   Page 32 nov 9 Galloway "My first time out with Moores 1/7 Battalion"   Original story Solider of Fortune November 83 Page 25 Nov 9 Galloway  "before nitefall Moore waved his battalion across a stream"   Each Huey could carry 10 Troops. 10 troops X 16 Hueys=160 Troops per lift.   Page 30 a enemy base camp   Page 55 a radio transmision intercepted, estamated a N V regiment was near X-Ray   Page 57 commo wire was seen.   Page 39 Moore puts only 80 men (5 per Huey) in the inital lift.   Page 57 riflemen extra ammo all they could carry.   Air Assault tatics emphasize maximum inital lift, to get maximum lift  each huey carries minimum amount of fuel + 30 min reserve, with  refueling & ammo Points near the Pickup Zone.   Troops only basic load of ammo and web gear (intrenching tool, 2 canteens, bayonet and poncho and 1st aid pack )   Page 40 Moore "later lifts could carry more men 100 as fuel burned off".   Page 198 Rear area Operation Officer Dick Merchant "the Huey could carry 10 men"   Page 111 Winkle"I had a total of 16 men in my Huey".   Fourner "it was left up to each pilot how many men he carried" on later lifts I was carring 9-12 troops.   How it should have happend according to Air Assault Tatics FM 57-35   With only 16 Hueys weight is a factor, so the inital lift ( the assault  echelon ) must contain sufficant Troops to secure the Landing Zone. The  Alowable Cargo Load the ( ACL ) of each UH-1D for this mission should  have been 3,000 pounds as its under 50 nautical miles ( only 14.3 miles  to the objective )   using the Space method a space is defined as the weight of a fully  combat equiped troop ( 240 pounds ) 10 Troops = 2,400 pounds per Huey.   Page 39 B co 114 troops, A co 40 troops, Ground Commanders command group 6 for a total of 160 troops in the 1st lift.   Moore was a Pilot?   Page 58 Crandall ( The Aviation Commander ) is starting the Huey from  the left seat the co-pilot seat, There is no starter on that side.   Page 58 Moore as they load the Hueys "what is the flying time from Plei Me to Landing Zone X-Ray"? 14.3 miles.   Page 37 Moore and Crandall plan an Air Assault.   Page 40 with a time table & failed to put down the flying time from  Plei Me to Landing Zone X-Ray, with out this information, How did they  plan the Assault???   Page 58 Mills 13 min 15 sec. Page 59 Speed ( rate ) 110 knots this time will take them 25 miles away.   The correct time is 8 min.   Formula for Time is Distance X 60 divide by Rate ( Speed ) 14.3 X 60 =  858 divide by 110 = 7.8 min = 8 min time is rounded up to the nearest  min.   Formula for Distance is rate ( Speed ) X time divided by 60 110 X 8 =  880 divide by 60 = 14.6miles = 15miles miles is rounded up to the  nearest 1/2 mile.   using 7.8 min for time for the distance 110 X 7.8 = 858 divide by 60 =  14.3 miles The distance from Plei Me to Landing Zone X-Ray.   Page 188 A blazing flare under an unopened parachute hit the ammo dump,  the Sgt.Major grabbed it with his bare hands, it burns at 4,000 degrees,  it needs the parachute to lite the candle.   Letter from Randy Wallace, the Screenwriter and Director, about the film:   The Wheelhouse 15464 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-3002   Randall Wallace 7 February 2001   To all men who fought in the Ia Drang Valley, November 1965, and their families.   Gentlemen,   As many of you have already heard, we are preparing to make a film  version of Hal Moore and Joe Galloway's book WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...AND  YOUNG.   As you can imagine, this is an enormously ambitious undertaking.   As the prologue of Hal and Joe's landmark book states,   "Hollywood has gotten the story of the Vietnam veteran wrong every damn  time, whetting the knives of twisted politics on the bones of our dead  brothers."   Well this time we mean to get it right.   This is not to say that any of us making the film are unconcerned with accuracy.   The Disclamer> ( It is not meant to tell the story ) of each  individual, ( or to capture the same kind of truth ) a documentary  would.   I salute you.   Best regards,   Randall Wallace   1st Cavalry Division as the Division Commander Kinnard had to use the  whole of the division resorces to keep Lt. Col. Moore from losing  Landing Zone X-Ray.   Kinnard "I violated a lot of priniples about how hard you work your guy's and how many hour's you fly your helicopters."   "I literally flew the Blades off the choppers."   Things wrong with the trailer   Why is Moore shown stepping out of the Huey on the right side at X-Ray?  When he was on the left behind Crandall, who was in the co-pilots seat.  Page 58 hardback, Page 67 paperback   Moore as they land at X-Ray. as Crandall flared the Huey to land I FIRED  burst into the brush to the LEFT, toward the mountian. page 60  hardback, page 69 paperback   Why are there 5 Hueys flying in the formation, when there is supposed to be only 4, in the over head shot there are 6 Hueys.   As they land at X-Ray they are in some type of formation that dosent exist. Page 59 Hardback, Page 68 paperback   The Hueys as they fly to X-Ray are suppose to be in a Heavy left  formation, But they are eather in a column, trail formation< left are  both are the same formation or an echelon right page 59, page 68  paperback.   COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY No one expects the battalion commander to act as a  rifleman no matter how proficient he is, as he does so, who commands  his battalion? Who gives guidance to his Company Commanders, he is  taking responsibility away from his men and not meeting his own.   "What the hell is the is the colonel doing up here?" Sergeant Thompson ask. page 195 hardback, page 228 paperback   Moore as the battle started " I was tempted to join Nadal's or Edwards  men; But I might get pined down and simply become another rifleman." "My  duty was to LEAD riflemen." page 73 hardback, page 85 paperback.   Why is Moore shown leading the troops from the 1/7 in the battle for  X-Ray, when he didnt, he was in the command post during combat, and only  came out during Lull's in the battle. Moore " For almost 8 hours I had  been involved in the mimute-to-minute DIRECTION of the battle. Now I  wanted to personally walk the perimeter. Just befor dark Sergeant Major  Plumley and I broke away from the command post and set out to check the  perimeter." page 131 hardback, page 155   the only troops He lead were troops from the B co 2/7 and only the last counter attack on the 16th around noon.   Moore "I personally lead the final counterattack to make certian that  the Company Commander Diduryk of Bco 2/7 & his men did a safe,  clean, job & to look for my Missing Troops. We killed 27 more and  crushed all resistance." Page 195 hardback, page 228 paperback   Moore calles for illumination, and his mortars fire. Moore "No morter  fire would be permited especially illumination rounds. I wanted the  morters to hold back their illumination rounds for our last light in the  sky in case the air and artillery folk used up all of their flares".  page 184 hardback, page 216 paperback   Moore didnt call in the broken arrow code Hasting the FAC did page 149 hardback, page175 paperback   What other troops did Moore gets credit for doing it             Posted by: Russell L. Ross on February 26, 2003 02:08 AM   

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           Airborne  In Normandy   FAQs  Links Homepage  Store  Contact  Us About  Us          WWII Research                 October 29, 1990, the  date U.S. News & World Report published Special  Report the “Vietnam Story” After reading the Vietnam Story and the part at LZ Albany in  October of 1990 a Vietnam veteran  realized that portions of this story was just that a  story and not factual correct.  In the 70’s and 80’s  there had been fictionalized accounts of Vietnam  including Deer Hunter in 1978, Apocalypse Now in  1979 and Platoon in 1986 among others. Now in 1990  an esteemed news organization had published a part  fictional account of the Ia Drang Campaign in 1965.  Looking back now this U.S. News & World Report issue shows that news  organizations were starting to back away from the  factual accounts and create a part fiction account  to keep their readers.  But at that time no one had  realized that including the Vietnam veteran Russell  L. Ross from California. Mr. Ross after reading the  articles in the 1990 U.S. News & World Report  Vietnam Story started looking for other articles  about the Ia Drang Campaign.  Realizing that Joseph  Galloway had written a majority of the American  story he was especially interested in finding  anything written by Galloway in relation to Ia Drang.   In short order he found the September 1983 Soldier of Fortune Magazine  "If You Want A Good Fight..." article written by  Galloway.  Ross also found the March 1983 Soldier of Fortune Magazine "Bloody  Ia Drang" article  written by Robert Oles and a book by J.D. Coleman Pleiku. After reading the March Soldier  of Fortune Magazine and Coleman’s book Ross realized  that Galloway’s stories for both the September 1983 Soldier of  Fortune and the U.S. News & World Report magazine  articles were wrong.   Senior Editor Joseph Galloway  worked in Washington, D. C. for U.S. News & World  Report, so Ross sent a Letter to the Editor to U.S. News & World Report.   The 1983 article had stated Galloway  had come in to Albany after the battle was over but in the 1990  Vietnam Story Galloway didn’t mention that he wasn’t  at LZ Albany battle.  He had it written as a first  hand account and also had the battle as a disaster. Mr. Ross called out Galloway as  a liar in no uncertain terms in the differences  between the 1983 and 1990 articles.  Ross didn’t  want the same things to happen with the Desert Storm  veterans as what Galloway had done to the Ia Drang  veterans.  He sent the letter in January of 1991 and  Ross received a Post Card back near the end of February 1991. Then Ross received a response from Galloway himself written on March 9, 1991.   Instead of admitting that he had mistakes in his  1990 Vietnam Story he went on the offensive against  Russell Ross.  Galloway called Mr. Ross “JERK” in  the second line of hi response.  Galloway  was the Senior Editor for U.S. News & World Report  and this was his response?   This has been  Galloway’s response anytime he is called out on  being caught lying.  Even now in 2016 he did that  when responding to an article in Military.com, Galloway blames and attacks people  instead of responding with facts and figures. So after the March 1991  response from Galloway Ross started doing his due  diligence and uncovered more information showing  that Galloway was wrong more that a few times.  In both December of 1991 and again in November of  1992 Mr. Ross sent documentation to U.S. News &  World Report showing where Galloway was wrong in the  Vietnam Story in October of 1990.  Both times U.S.  News & World Report sent the documentation back  without opening it. By this time Galloway had won  The National Magazine Awards for his work on the  Vietnam Story in October of 1990.  It seems that  U.S. News & World Report doesn’t want to look into  the issues with Galloway.  As mentioned at the start  of this article this is when news stated to shade  the truth.  Now people go to Wikipedia to get their  information along with Facebook and both are more  wrong than right.  As bad as this was back in 1991  with the issues with U.S. News & World Report that  was just a small part of the problem Mr. Ross was  having. Galloway started a smear  campaign against Mr. Ross in 1991 that goes on to  this day 25 years later.  Ross tried to get people  to understand that Galloway’s Ia Drang stories were  just that, a story not based on facts.  For the  longest time Mr. Ross a Veteran of LZ Albany himself couldn’t  figure out why the 1st Cavalry Division  Association and members in the association wouldn’t  respond. Galloway as mentioned above in  the last paragraph was lying to people saying Mr. Ross  was crazy, mental unstable and that he wasn’t at  either Ia Drand or LZ Albany.  This has been a  25 year smear campaign against Ross who was at Ia Drang and Albany and has the documentation to  prove that.  Ross also has the documentation showing that  Galloway has lied since 1983. When the movie came out in 2002  for We Were Soldiers Galloway sent and email to Mr.  Ross.  He did this because he knew that Ross was  right that Galloway was a liar about his book about  We Were Soldiers.  So once again Galloway smeared Mr. Ross.    In February of this year (2016)  while searching for more information about Galloway  I discovered Mr. Ross and his documentation.  Within  a minute or two there was no doubt that his  information was correct.  Mr. Ross sent that same  information that he had tried to send to U.S. News &  World Report in 1991 and 92 and the 1st  Cavalry Association since.  Each time he was  rebuffed.  Not this time as his information was rock  solid to say the least.   Ross didn’t know there was in  issue with Plumley just like Galloway until we  spoke.  He was sent the information about Plumley as  he sent the information about Galloway.  Then the Military.com article came out in May of 2016 and  things took on a whole new level of hate.   Mr. Ross and I spoke of the  trolls.  A few of the really choice emails were sent  ahead to Mr. Ross.  He got right back about one of  them.  The email was from a Ron Sleeis.  Sleeis hoped  that I would die in a car crash on the New York  State Thruway in the 2016 interview.  I couldn’t stop laughing at him  while reading this email.  Usually when someone says  or does things like that they have something to  hide.   Well I was right about Sleeis.   Mr. Ross told me a phone message Sleeis left back in  2002/2003 time period.  Wow, Sleeis threatened to kill Mr. Ross.  Sleeis  even kindly enough left his name at the beginning of  the tirade.  Sleeis was one of the 3rd  Brigade 1st Cavalry Division wireman who  wasn’t at Ia Drang but back at Brigade Headquarters  30 miles away from Ia Drang.  This appears to be the reason  Sleeis was going to kill Mr. Ross if Ross ever told  anyone. As bad as that was, a new player  came into town as I like to say.  The new player was Mrs. Galloway the third  wife of Joseph Galloway.  At first the email I  received in May of 2016 had to have been a fake.   But being a researcher I did my due diligence and  discovered in fact that Grace Galloway was the  person who emailed me.    Grace Galloway who is a Nurse released privileged  information about Mr. Ross in an email to me.   Granted it was 20 years old but this is a woman who  is bound by the HIPPA Statues and decided to violate  her oath as a Nurse to try and denigrate Ross.   Remember this is what Joseph Galloway has been doing  since 1991.  So it runs in the family it seems. 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    More MYTH'S of the Ia Drang LZ X-Ray  MYTH  One of the lieutenants in Hal’s battalion in Vietnam was a tough  British immigrant named Rick Rescorla. A photo of Rick is on the cover  of the book, We Were Soldiers Once … and Young. =============== FACT Rick belonged to the Renforceing Battallion 2/7th Lt.Col. McDade not Lt. Col. Moore's 1/7th. =============== What the world witnessed with Rick was what Hal Moore instilled in his people.   MYERS  "One of the lieutenants in Hal’s battalion in Vietnam was a tough  British immigrant named Rick Rescorla. A photo of Rick is on the cover  of the book, We Were Soldiers Once … and Young."  GENERAL RICHARD B. MYERS  Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff  Introduction of Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, U.S. Army (retired)  Recipient of USO Patriot Award  USO of Metropolitan Washington’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner  Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA  April 9, 2003  Thank you very much. It’s been a real privilege. Secretary Principi,  other distinguished guests here tonight, ladies and gentlemen and  supporters of the USO.  It’s my great honor and pleasure to introduce the recipient of this year’s Patriot Award–Lt. Gen. Hal Moore.  You all know him, although many of you before tonight may have been  under the impression that he looked exactly like Mel Gibson. [laughter]  The one difference that I understand is true, is that between the two of  them, General Moore never wore a kilt into combat. [laughter]  What we do know is that General Hal Moore had an exceptional Army  career. He began as a West Point cadet during World War II, and finished  in 1977 as the Army’s chief of personnel.  General Moore is also known for his extraordinary book, written with  Joe Galloway. In my view, we have no better role model today for  "embedded" reporters than the relationship between Hal Moore and Joe  Galloway.  Hal’s instructions to Joe and all reporters covering stories  involving his battalion and later, his brigade, in Vietnam were simple:  "Don’t interfere with operations. And don’t publish anything that would  alert the enemy and put our troops at risk." That’s it. Other than that,  the story was theirs to tell.  Some have criticized today’s embedded reporters as being too close to  the troops to be objective. I, for one, think that they’re calling it  as they see it–the reporters, that is. It’s simply that they realize  that they’re around some real heroes. [applause]  Hal Moore is one of those heroes. And even before the book, his  actions at Ia Drang Valley and his intense preparation before that  famous battle were used as a study in leadership–in how selfless  dedication serves as an inspiration.  Hal Moore is in fact more than just one of those heroes. He is also  the outstanding example of a combat commander. When Hal was a  lieutenant, The Infantry Journal published an article that declared: "No  man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and  hearts of his men." I can tell you that the troops commanded by Hal  Moore ratified him as the best. And his leadership shaped many future  leaders–in ways you wouldn’t expect.  One of the lieutenants in Hal’s battalion in Vietnam was a tough  British immigrant named Rick Rescorla. A photo of Rick is on the cover  of the book, We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.  Rick went on to become the head of security at Morgan Stanley. It was  the largest company in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, with  2,700 employees. On September 11th, 2001, Rick was the calming presence  on that chaotic day. He made sure that all but six Morgan Stanley  employees made it out. And he wasn’t finished. Rick was last seen alive  heading back up the stairs to get more people out.  What the world witnessed with Rick was what Hal Moore instilled in his people.  Hal will tell you that what he would most like to be remembered for  is that during all his years in combat, he never left anyone behind.  Hal’s example inspired Rick Rescorla almost two years ago. It  probably also inspired our Special Operations troops, Marines and all  the others in the rescue you probably all heard about and saw some  of–the rescue of Jessica Lynch.  Once the teams finished rescuing Private First Class Lynch, they also  found a shallow grave with bodies in it. So they dug, with their bare  hands, through hard-packed desert sand to get the bodies. And with their  dirty and bloodied hands, they cradled their comrades in their arms and  brought them home.  That’s part of the legacy of General Hal Moore, and that legacy will continue to inspire this nation.  Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming an inspiration to  yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s armed forces’ leaders: Lt. Gen.  Harold G. Moore. END  Posted by  Russell L. Ross  on 17 June 2003 (Comment Permalink) 

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  • This action took place 2 days after I was discharged from the United States Army 82nd Airborne. I would have loved to have served under such a distinuguished gentleman as General Moore, I would have followed him thru the gates of hell and back he was that kind of leader. You Sir will be missed by all true Americans who love this country. I salute you Sir, may you rest in peace.

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  • This action took place 2 days after I was discharged from the United States Army, 82nd Airborne. General Moore was the type of leader that I would have followed into the gates of hell, and been proud to do so. I salute him for his service and wish there were more leaders in our services like him. He was a true hero to his country and his men. 

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