Tag: Ia Drang Valley

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

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“… 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…

November 17, 1965 — The battle in the Ia Drang Valley at Landing Zone Albany begins.

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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 their packs weigh on their shoulders?…

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

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“…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 the first North Vietnamese regulars to invade South…

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

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