November 18, 1965 — As Friday, November 18, dawned on the LZ Albany battlefield in the Ia Drang Valley, U.S. soldiers began to gather up their dead comrades. This task took the better part of two days, as American and NVA dead were scattered all over the field of battle. Lt. Rick Rescorla—the sole remaining platoon leader in Bravo Company—described the scene as, “a long, bloody traffic accident in the jungle.”

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