R.I.P General Hal Moore, R.I.P.General Hal Moore, Dead At 94. RIP.
General Hal Moore passed away Friday at age 94. His whole bio is here. It is interesting reading.
The name is not a household name but it should be. If he is known to Americans at all he is known because he was played by Mel Gibson in the 2002 movie, We Were Soldiers Once. Within the Army infantry his name is legendary. On November 14, 1965 he led 450 troopers of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry into Landing Zone X-ray in the Ia Drang Valley.
1-7 Cav landed in a staging area for a couple of NVA regiments. What happened over the next two days as an epic sh**-kicker of infantry combat. Just about any weapon you want to name, from airstrikes, to artillery, to entrenching tools and knives was used. In the end, Moore prevailed and he brought all of his men, dead and wounded, home. That is the standard by which infantry commanders have since been judged.