He suggested that we get together again in February. Air Force Lieutenant Charlie Hastings, the forward air controller, called in help. I asked the sergeant to hold my hand. I could feel the blood pouring out of the hole. That whole morning is rather blurred in my memory.
Herrick ordered his men to form a defensive perimeter on a small knoll in the clearing. But the small-arms firing started up again, just as heavy as it had been the previous afternoon. I thought, My Lord, is this never going to end? The normal ratio of enemy soldiers killed to weapons captured as later established by the Department of Defense was 3 or 4 to one. One round struck the tree I was crouched next to, about an inch over my head…. There was no way we could dig a foxhole. He was awarded on January 8, 1998. It's unfortunate and horrible, but most of the battalion's casualties in the first hour or so were from our own men, firing at everything insight.
There was death and destruction all around. Smith on the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley and the Legacy of the Vietnam War Jack P. Specialist 4 Dick Ackerman, of Recon Platoon, Delta 2-7, was able to attend one day of filming as well. The company is ordered to form up and wait. And for the very first time, he asked himself a question.
I was numbed, but I suddenly felt better. And that even the most disjointed events can begin to make sense with the passage of time. No matter what you did, you got hit. I wanted my students to understand what it means to be a soldier, and the book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young conveys that. American regular infantry, the first sent to Vietnam as the war escalates, have come to this border country to hunt the People's Army of Vietnam.
Army units of the time, consisting of three rifle companies and a heavy weapons company: A-Alpha Company, B-Bravo Company, C-Charlie Company, and D-Delta Company. The day had grown very hot. Lawrence, now 77, speaks with organizations and Soldiers about the lessons learned from the desperate fight in the Ia Drang Valley. I still had the hand grenade. The mortars were falling all over the place. Students learned what it means to be tired, hot and thirsty while carrying a heavy pack, and about the loyalty soldiers have for each other and the sacrifices they make. Fear like I had never known before.
After a two-hour battle the ambushing forces were beaten off, but the South Vietnamese, discouraged from moving any further, set up a defensive position, and did not reach the camp at Plei Me until dusk on the 25th. They said that there were three or four snipers in the trees upahead-friends of theirs who did not want to surrender. Delaney with both his legs blown off. Then I pulled out my first-aid pack and opened it. The head of the column formed by our battalion was already in the landing zone, which was actually only 30 yards to our left.
I remember talking for a long time with someone from Battalion H. Shortly after, Alpha and Bravo Companies began their advance from the creek bed toward 2nd Platoon, B Company and soon suffered casualties. Edwards was seriously wounded, and Lt. The Sino-Soviet split made it seem less like a war of national liberation and more like a civil war - an internal squabble. Barker was hit in the legs. Teacher Dan Reed, left, conferring with Spc. An hour before dark three men walked up on the perimeter.
Yet no one bears as much responsibility for the conduct of the war as he does. Immediately there were men running up to the helo with wounded while the crew began dumping ammo, medical and ration crates out the other side. He was reconnecting with a very difficult part of his and all of our lives and doing it in a respectful way. My buddies began firing back with rifle grenades, M-79s, to those of you who know about them. He was a clerk in the battalion, and my Army buddy. The 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry had been reduced to a small perimeter at Albany composed of survivors of Alpha Company, the recon platoon, survivors from the destroyed Charlie and Delta Companies and the command group.
He is best known as a in command of the 2nd Battalion, , at the in 1965, during the. I thought I was all dried out from bleeding and sweating,but now I started sweating all over again. Ernie Savage, 3rd Squad Leader, to assume by virtue of being close to the radio, and proceeded to call in repeated artillery support around the 2nd Platoon's position. At the same time I felt something white-hot go into my right thigh. There were many others, all in bad shape.
That the friendship of old comrades breathes meaning into life. He was bleeding in spurts. The guy who had taken the last drink from it must have been hit in the face, because the water was about one third blood. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. The single, bloodiest day in the Vietnam War. But the Vietnamese rush was relentless, and soon the Americans were overwhelmed. In the late 1940s, Gen.