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Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, Ia Drang battle commander, dies at 94


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Edited because the spacing got doubled when they changed the format of the forums.

We have a survivor of the Ia Drang Valley battles right here on our forums, Dick, who goes by Acker1 here, who I am proud to call a friend and a hero in the real meaning of the term.

Dick, I join you in mourning one of the true icons of the military and a caretaker of his troops and their families long after he retired. He was a lead from the front commander as a colonel, and a leader who earned his respect from the best of any rank.

Huah sir.

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"Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the commander at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965 that led him to co-author the book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” died Friday at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was 94.

Joe Galloway, an award-winning journalist, former McClatchy columnist and co-author of the best-selling book with Moore, said news of his death hit him hard on Saturday.

“I just lost my best friend,” Galloway said from his home in Concord, N.C. “I remember that none of us would have come out of there alive if it weren’t for Hal Moore and his brilliance as a combat commander.”

Galloway said he now must keep a promise he and Moore made to each other years ago.

“I’ve got to tell you that he is having the last laugh on me, because 20 years ago he insisted that we shake hands on a deal that whichever died first, the other one had to preach his funeral,” Galloway said. “I will get in my car Thursday and drive down to Auburn, Ala., from Concord, N.C., and on Friday afternoon at the National Infantry Museum at the memorial service for my best friend, I have the honor and duty of standing up and preaching his funeral. He lasted almost to 95. I was beginning to think he was going to outlive all of us.”

There is more and his bio in brief here:

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/retired-lt-gen-hal-moore-ia-drang-battle-commander-dies-at-94-1.453672

Those who knew him will grieve. Forget the Movie, read their book, "We Were Soldiers Once and young." Then you can know him too.

Dick was there.

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I am so glad for you and the other guys who fought, and survived, that seminal battle in the history of that war. General Moore deserved a great turnout from the troops he led, then supported to his death, and his family earned the respects paid. I hope you let them know that we honor them by remembering. As for you, thanks again. I am proud to be associated with you, and by the generous guys who signed my copy. Huah.

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