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We Were Soldiers Once and Young: Ia Drang Valley 1965

we were soldiers once and young. joe galloway photographs of lz x-ray, the ia drang valley, vietnam
Retired Col. Ramon "Tony" Nadal:
Nadal upon promotion to captain assumed command of an “A” Detachment and deployed to Vietnam, where he commanded Camp Nam Dong, a camp located in the jungles of northwest South Vietnam. Leading a force of 400 South Vietnamese and Nung soldiers, he conducted patrols along the Laotian border and engaged in ambushes, reconnaissance and an intensive civic action program. Upon returning from Vietnam, Nadal attended the Armor Officer Career Course and Pathfinder school and volunteered to return to Vietnam. Joining the 1st Cavalry Division prior to its departure from the U.S. in August 1965, Nadal served as commanding officer of A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry and as the S-3 of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry. During his Vietnam tour, Nadal, the only commander with experience in Vietnam, was engaged in heavy infantry combat in the Ia Drang Valley. For his actions that day, he received the Silver Star.

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Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Southern “Buddy” Hewitt:
During the Battle of Ia Drang, Hewitt, a staff sergeant, was a squad leader in 1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. Hewitt departed the transport helicopters with his men under fire at LZ X-Ray. He moved to the infamous creek bed with the rest of 1st Platoon and fought with his men for the following days. Hewitt was awarded the Silver Star for his valorous actions.

 

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For background reading on the battle, please read the eight-page article from Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine titled "Battle of Ia Drang Valley, A Terrible Bloodletting" by Al Hemingway. Additional background is contained in books written by three of the guest speakers attending the event; J.L. “Bud” Alley Jr.'s "The Ghosts of the Green Grass", James “Jim” T. Lawrence's "Reflections on LZ Albany: The Agony of Vietnam" and retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway's "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young".


Retired Sgt. 1st Class Clyde “Ernie” E. Savage:
Savage began the Battle of Ia Drang leading a squad from 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. After the death of his platoon leader and most of his platoon, Savage found himself outnumbered, surrounded, and cut off from the rest of the battalion. His swift action and successful leadership of the “Lost Platoon” resulted in numerous enemy casualties. He demonstrated personal bravery in calling for supporting artillery fire within 50 meters of his location and stifling a number of attacks throughout his platoon’s isolation. For his actions that day, he received the Distinguished Service Cross.


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Retired Maj. Joel E. Sugdinis

Then a captain, Sugdinis calmly and effectively maneuvered A Company , 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, at the Battle of Ia Drang. His company led 2nd Battalion in their movement from LZ X-Ray to LZ Albany. His company provided security for the battalion command as the rest of the unit was cut off by the North Vietnamese.

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Retired Lt. Col. William “Bill” W. Franklin:
As the platoon leader of 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, then 2nd Lt. Franklin faced heavy fire and numerous attacks in securing the battalion line against the North Vietnamese. They were engaged almost immediately and consistently through the night. While leading a reconnaissance party forward of his platoon position, he was attacked. After being wounded during the Battle of Ia Drang, he was triaged and determined that he was unlikely to survive. Through the effort of a fellow soldier, he was evacuated with his company commander Capt. Bob Edwards. Franklin received a Bronze Star with V Device.

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Retired Col. Joe Marm: Marm joined the Army from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and by Nov. 14, 1965, was serving as a second lieutenant in A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). On that day, during the Battle of Ia Drang, he single-handedly attacked an enemy position, suffering severe wounds in the process. Marm survived his wounds and was subsequently promoted to first lieutenant; on Dec. 19, 1966, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Ghosts of Ia Drang | HistoryNet

Inlate October, 1965, the Vietcongbegan a siege of the Plei Me Special Forces Camp. The siege only lasted about anhour, but it sparked a triumphant 35 day campaign in the Ia Drang Valley, a rivervalleybetween Pleiku and the Cambodian border. General Kinnard’sorders for thecampaign were to find the enemy and destroy it. The 1stCav. beganthe campaign blindly striking around the valley, but didn’tfind any enemywhatsoever. It was then that Hal Moore pointed out to Gen. Kinnard alargeVietcong camp in an area that had not yet been searched, and was given permission to move his troopsthere.