General Hal Moore, a decorated war hero whose book chronicling his experiences in the early-stages of the Vietnam War became the film We Were Soldiers has passed at age 93.
General Moore led out-numbered troops at the Battle of Ia Drang, earning the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor and leadership at the battle.
Within 20 minutes of the first shot, the 7th Cavalry, vastly outnumbered, was assaulted by hundreds of enemy furiously determined to overrun it. After a three day bloodbath, the enemy quit the field leaving over six hundred of their dead littering the battleground. Hal was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor, for his actions during the fight.
Here is Moore speaking on the battlefield in Vietnam:
Thank you for your service, General Moore. Vietnam veterans do not get the respect and attention they deserve in this country. Thank you for raising their profile and making sure their sacrifice was not made in vain.