Last night I finished reading We Were Soldiers Once…and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
It’s a novel about the battle in the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War. I wouldn’t say it was the best novel on the Vietnam War, but is the most detailed. Moore seemed to actually care about the men he led and didn’t just throw them into the meat grinder
The book also shed a new light on then Sectary of Defense, Robert McNamera. I originally thought this guy was an idiot because of the way he advised President LBJ on the war. Now I think more of him (less of an idiot) and even less of President LBJ
At the end of the book it had a list of all the soldiers that were at Ia Drang, and what they are up to these days. It also had stories about the families of the soldiers that were killed in action, and how they dealt with the news. Did you know that in 1965, the U.S Army just sent taxicab drivers to deliver the telegrams informing families of the death or missing soldiers?
It was a good book. If you’re looking for a detailed account of a battle during the Vietnam War, this is a great book. It was a little too detailed in tactical terms for me, but still good. I give it 4/5 stars