“… I came in on the last day of the battle. I remember the NVA bodies were piled so thick around the foxholes you could walk on them for 100 feet in some places. The American GIs were the same color as the dirt and all had that thousand-yard stare of those newly initiated to…
In the American Civil War it was a matter of principle that a good officer rode his horse as little as possible. There were sound reasons for this. If you are riding and your soldiers are marching, how can you judge how tired they are, how thirsty, how heavy
November 15, 1965 — The battle in the Ia Drang Valley continues. At 07:45, the NVA launched an assault on Crack Rock, near its connection with the beleaguered C/1/7. Enemy fire started to hit the 1st Battalion command post, which suffered one medic killed and several other troops wounded… Under heavy attack on three sides, the battalion fought off repeated
“…It is November 1965. The Ia Drang Valley. The nearest town, Pleiku, a remote Vietnamese province capital. And west of town, beyond the stilted long-huts of the Montagnards, flat scrub jungle cover the hills by the Cambodian border. A smugglers’ haven, and now the infiltration route for
November 14, 1965 — Bruce Crandall flew through a gauntlet of enemy fire, taking ammunition in and wounded Americans out of the Battle at Ia Drang Valley, one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. Crandall’s actions were
I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.
—Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966
May 10, 1969 — The Battle of Hamburger Hill began. Identified on American battle maps as Hill 937, the battle for Hamburger Hill—actually Ap Bia Mountain