Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore,
USA (ret.) “retired from the Army as a 3 Star General in 1977 with over 32 years active service. Commissioned a 2nd
Lt of Infantry in 1945, he served and commanded at all levels from Platoon through Division. Highlights of his career include:
Service in the Korean War as a Company Commander and Regimental S3 (7th Div); Service in Vietnam as a Battalion and
Brigade Commander (1st Cav) ; Commanding General of the 7th Inf Div in Korea; Commander of Ft Ord, CA; Service as the Deputy
Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army
After his retirement from active duty
in 1977, Hal became the Executive Vice President of the Crested Butte Ski Area in Crested Butte, CO. During the '80s and
early '90s, he researched and wrote a book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young with his co-author,
Joe Galloway then of US News and World Report. The book covers the first major battle of the Vietnam War, the Ia Drang Battle
(LZ Xray), in which both men participated. Hal was the Battalion Commander on the ground and Joe was a UPI correspondent.
The book is recognized as a classic on the Vietnam War and spent over 17 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Most Generals have a laundry list of
awards and decorations a mile long. The awards most important to Moore are: Appointment to the Honorary Grade of Rifle Platoon
Sergeant by the Sergeants-Major of the 3rd Brigade; 1st CAV in Vietnam 2 awards of the Combat Infantryman's Badge; Distinguished
Service Cross; and, Master Paratrooper.”
(lzxray.com) Lieutenant General
Harold G. "Hal" Moore passed away on
February 11, 2017, at the age of 94.
Lieutenant General Harold G.
Moore is the co-author of We Were Soldiers Once… And Young: Ia Drang—the Battle That Changed the
War in Vietnam and We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.
Publisher’s Weekly said of We
Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam, “It would be a monumental task for
Moore and Galloway to top their classic 1992 memoir, We Were Soldiers Once... and Young. But they come close in this sterling
sequel, which tells the back-story of two of the Vietnam War's bloodiest battles (in which Moore participated as a lieutenant
colonel), their first book and a 1993 ABC-TV documentary that brought them back to the battlefield. Moore's strong first-person
voice reviews the basics of the November 1965 battles, part of the 34-day Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. Among other things,
Moore and Galloway (who covered the battle for UPI) offer portraits of two former enemy commanders, generals Nguyen Huu An
and Chu Huy Man, whom the authors met—and bonded with—nearly three decades after the battle. This book proves
again that Moore is an exceptionally thoughtful, compassionate and courageous leader (he was one of a handful of army officers
who studied the history of the Vietnam wars before he arrived) and a strong voice for reconciliation and for honoring the
men with whom he served.”
Amazon.com said of We Were
Soldiers Once… And Young: Ia Drang—the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, “In the first
significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered
by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965. Its prose is gritty,
not artful, delivering a powerful punch of here-and-now descriptions that could only have been written by people actually
on the scene. In fact, they were: Harold Moore commanded the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, who did most of the fighting,
and Joseph Galloway was the only reporter present throughout the battle's 34 harrowing days. We Were Soldiers Once...
combines their memories with more than 100 in-depth interviews with survivors on both sides. The Battle of Ia Drang also highlights
a technological advance that would play an enormous role in the rest of the war: this was perhaps the first place where helicopter-based,
air-mobile operations demonstrated their combat potential. At bottom, however, this is a tale of heroes and heroism, some
acts writ large, others probably forgotten but for this telling. It was a bestseller when first published, and remains one
of the better books available on combat during the Vietnam War.”