First pair of boots on the ground at Ia Drang; last boots to leave. And burdened with guilt: "When your men don't survive but you do, you feel guilt." Wish we had leaders like this today.
Walter Joseph "Joe" Marm, Jr.~ Medal of Honor. During the Battle of Ia Drang, realizing his platoon could not hold long & seeing 4 enemy soldiers moving into his position, he moved quickly under heavy fire and annihilated all 4. Then, seeing that his platoon was receiving intense fire from a concealed machine gun, he deliberately exposed himself to draw its fire then he charged 30 meters across open ground, and hurled grenades into the enemy position, killing some of the 8 insurgents manning…
The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation
Fifty years ago, in March 1965, 3,500 U.S. Marines landed in South Vietnam, the first American combat troops on the ground in a conflict that had been building for decades.
Ia Drang - The Battle That Convinced Ho Chi Minh He Could Win
Joe Galloway takes a hard look at the assessments of Ia Drang by the war's architects in Washington, Saigon and Hanoi: McNamara, Westmoreland, Ho and Giap
From the front lines of Ia Drang Valley: ‘Killing, dying and suffering indelibly marked us all’
It was Sunday, Nov. 14, 1965, just after dark when I climbed aboard a Huey helicopter filled with crates of ammunition and hand grenades and hitched a ride into the pages of history. We were bound for a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, where an understrength battalion of the 7th Cavalry was fighting for its life.
The Vietnam War: The Pictures That Moved Them Most
TIME asked those who lived the war to select an image from the period that they found particularly significant. Here are their choices.
10 Questions for General Hal Moore | Armchair General Magazine - We Put YOU in Command!
An exclusive interview with the hero of the Vietnam War's 1965 Battle of the Ia Drang Valley and co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young.