A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
In a place soon to be known as The Valley of Death, in a football field-sized clearing called landing zone X-Ray, Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 400 young troopers from the newly formed 1/7th Cavalry Regiment of the US 1st "Air" Cavalry Division were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers dug into the tunnel warren mountainside. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history and is portrayed here as the signal encounter between the American and North Vietnamese armies. We Were Soldiers Once... And Young is a tribute to the nobility of those men under fire, their common acts of uncommon valor, and their loyalty to and love for one another. Written by
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One of the real-life officers who survived the battle was LT Rick Rescorla, who is the main figure on the cover of Gen. Moore's book on which the movie was based. A biography of Mr. Rescorla very interesting life was published in the mid 2000s called 'Heart of Lion'. He died in the 9/11 attacks while employed as head of security of Morgan Stanley, while making sure all the company's employees had gotten out pf the WTC (they had). See more »
LTC Moore and his officers are shown assembling at Fort Benning's 250 foot towers. This is an odd place for them to assemble considering that the only buildings adjacent to that field are training units attached to the US Army Infantry School, specifically the barracks for the students attending the US Army Airborne School and the barracks for the US Army Officer Candidate School (Infantry Officer Candidate School at the time of the movie). LTC Moore and his officers would have had to walk several miles out of their way to assemble at that location. See more »
These are the true events of November, 1965, the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, a place our country does not remember, in a war it does not understand. This story's a testament to the young Americans who died in the valley of death, and a tribute to the young men of the People's Army of Vietnam who died by our hand in that place. To tell this story, I must start at the beginning. But where does it begin? Maybe in June of 1954 when French Group Mobile 100 moved ...
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A list of the names of the actual men who died during the battle as well as the city and state where they are from is featured before the ending credits. See more »
In the tradition of such war film classics as The Bridges at Toko Ri, To Hell and Back well as John Wayne's The Green Berets is this seemingly out of place epic with the amount of cynical pestilence abound.
The pace is lightning fast once the scenes transfer into the early period of the Vietnam war before the public grew impatient. The score of the film is often overlooked but in this case it provides plenty of emotion especially as the 7th Regiment assembles for the trip to South Vietnam beneath the radio towers late at night.
Of a forgotten battle with unknown heroes for both forces this is a great war movie that should be a lesson for future productions.
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