On This Day

In 1965
In the first major engagement of the war between regular U.S. and North Vietnamese forces, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) fight a pitched battle with Communist main-force units in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands.

On this morning, Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry conducted a heliborne assault into Landing Zone X-Ray near the Chu Pong hills. Around noon, the North Vietnamese 33rd Regiment attacked the U.S. troopers. The fight continued all day and into the night. American soldiers received support from nearby artillery units and tactical air strikes. The next morning, the North Vietnamese 66th Regiment joined the attack against the U.S. unit. The fighting was bitter, but the tactical air strikes and artillery support took their toll on the enemy and enabled the 1st Cavalry troopers to hold on against repeated assaults.
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My father’s first battle. He was in Charlie Company, described in the 4th paragraph.
It was also my mother’s birthday – she hasn’t had a happy birthday since 1965. That was Pop’s day – he’d just sit around and remember and the older he got, the worse it got.
I remember when the movie “We Were Soldiers Once” came out. He wanted to see it but didn’t want to see it if you know what I mean. One of the theaters had a midnight showing so I took him to that one. Man, that fucking place was filled with Vietnam Vets – no wives or girlfriends, just men and I think I was the youngest one in the place. It did do him a lot of good though.
At least he’s among his Brothers now.

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7 Responses to On This Day

  1. H says:

    “There were giants in the earth in those days”

    Joe Galloway, who was at Ia Drang, has said that while you hear a lot about the Greatest Generation, the greatest of his generation were in Viet Nam.

  2. Andy says:

    When the movie came out, there were a few of the guys in our VA group that said don’t see it, it will bring back memories, etc, etc. I saw it, saw it again, bought the dvd when it came out, and watched it whenever it came on tv. Interesting enough, one of the guys in our group was a CPL during the battle who went on to retire as a LTC. We simply called him “Colonel”. The one thing that stuck out in his time with us, before cancer got him, was his recollections of LTC Moore and CSM Plumley. He said they were fantastic leaders and without them, that battle may very well have been lost.

    That movie was to Vietnam Vets as American Sniper is to my generation. I don’t really believe they are made to necessarily entertain but help us remember what, when, and where we were when we were scared out of our minds and most importantly to remember those that did not come home with us.

    God bless your soul Colonel. And to all Vietnam Vets…WELCOME HOME!!!

  3. BigCity says:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Lane

  4. Max Damage says:

    Maximum Respect Mr. Lane.

    May God hold you and your brothers close.

  5. Alemaster says:

    Years after the Ia Drang battle I was flying the LZ X-Ray area with my light fire team. I knew there had been some major op there but didn’t know the extent. It was only after reading the book some years later that I kind of understood the creepy feeling I had flying there that afternoon. Has anyone ever figured out why 2/7 trooped to Albany? respectfully, Alemaster

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