Battle of Ia Drang Valley - November 17, 1965 - The American success at Ia Drang is marred by a deadly ambush against 400 soldiers of the U.S. 7th Cavalry sent on foot to occupy nearby Landing Zone 'Albany.' NVA troops that had been held in reserve during Ia Drang, along with troops that had retreated, kill 155 Americans and wound 124.
Lt General Hal Moore, who was Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang best known publically for the movie "We were Soldiers" As he is the REAL Deal portrayed by Mel Gibson
On Feb. 26, 2007, Maj. Bruce P. Crandall received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Landing Zone X-Ray during the Battle of Ia Drang, Vietnam, in November 1965. Crandall repeatedly flew into a landing zone under intense enemy fire to rescue and resupply 1st Cavalry Division ground troops--even after the LZ had been closed. http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/crandall/index.html
Retired Army Lt. Gen.Harold "Hal" Moore, Jr. attends the West Point football spring scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium in Ft. Benning, Ga. March 9, 2012. Moore is best known as the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang, in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He is the author of "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" which was adapted into the 2002 film We Were Soldiers.