maine colonial2/11/2017 10:12:34 PM
Harold "Hal" Gregory Moore Jr. was best known for his book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young," which recounts his unit's exploits at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the Vietnam War. Here's a clip of Hal at LZ X-Ray in November 1965. LINK
Moore worked days in the U.S. Senate book warehouse and attended night school at GW for two years before winning an appointment to West Point. LINK He later attended graduate classes at GW and received a master's in international relations from either GW or Harvard.
Six years ago, Moore wrote a Memorial Day Letter to America's Youth: LINK
"As I look into your youthful eyes, I am reminded of the eyes of my young troopers I led in 1965 in the first major battle of the Vietnam War. Before we departed U.S. soil for enemy territory, I spoke these words from my heart to my men. It was a different time and a different Army, but I believe this message still applies today. So, dear America, I repeat these words today to the young heart of a new generation:
“Look around you, in the 7th Cavalry we have a captain from the Ukraine, another from Puerto Rico and we have Japanese, Chinese, Blacks, Hispanics, Cherokee Indians, Jews and Gentiles—all Americans. Now, here in the States some men in this unit may experience discrimination because of race or creed, but for you and me now, all that is gone. We’re moving into the valley of the shadow of death, where you will watch the back of the man next to you, as he will watch yours, and you won’t care what color he is or by what name he calls God. Let us understand the situation. We’re going into battle against a tough and determined enemy. I can’t promise you that I will bring you all home alive, but this I swear: When we go into battle, I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will come home together. So help me God.”
During that fierce battle in Vietnam’s remote Ia Drang Valley, I lost 79 good men to death—many of them young and all of them dying so that others might live. Another 121 Americans were injured. I kept my promise and brought them all home. On this Memorial Day, I pray that none of you have to experience the killing and carnage that I witnessed during that brutal three-day battle. I pray that you will rise to a different kind of challenge—one in which service to country is focused on peace rather than war."
He closed the letter with the following statement:
"Leadership was never meant to be for the survival of the fittest and the few, but for the finest and the all!"
the dude2/11/2017 10:19:52 PM
Looks like recent 1st round pick Fab Melo died today, just 26.
maine colonial2/12/2017 6:12:23 AM
ABC aired an amazing story about Hal's return visit to the Is Drang years later: LINK
maine colonial2/12/2017 8:43:10 AM
Make that Ia Drang. Singer/songwriter Rick Henderson wrote a song called "A Mighty Chill (Return to the Ia Drang)" that describes Hal's return trip: LINK
Hal's son created a Facebook page for his dad, which has a lot of Hal's letters home during the war and clips from various documentaries: LINK
Moore will likely be buried next to his wife Julia "Julie" Compton Moore at the Fort Benning Post Cemetery in Georgia: LINK
Buried nearby are a lot of his men from the 7th Cavalry, whose funerals Julie attended in 1965 and 1966: LINK
ziik2/12/2017 9:21:07 AM
I had a roommate who was with Hal as a young guy. In the Ia Drang Valley. It was in maybe 1971 that we roomed together.
He was a big guy, nearly 6'5. He had a ragged scar that ran in and out along his back. He caught it there.
My friend was a great guy. We lost track, but, I miss him.
maine colonial2/12/2017 9:38:37 AM
A New York Times clip on his Facebook page notes that Hal attended night school at GW for three years before gaining admission to West Point. And it goes on to note that Hal received his master's degree in international affairs from GW before he and his unit were posted to Vietnam. He researched guerrila warfare and Mao and wrote his thesis on Laos. He took with him to Vietnam a copy of Bernard Fall's classic "Street Without Joy" so he knew exactly what he was facing. LINK
maine colonial2/14/2017 5:22:30 PM
Lt. Gen. Moore's obituary appeared in yesterday's New York Times and it mentions GW: LINK