The storied 1st Cavalry Division… entered a new era of combat in October of 1965. The unique topography and terrain of South Vietnam demanded a new type of combat unit. The reliable 1st Cav. was there to answer the call. The helicopter replaced the horse– air mobile infantry took the place of the traditional ‘grunt.’
Lt. Colonel Harold Moore was one of the officers …charged with molding the 1st Cav. into a hard hitting, but highly adaptive fighting force. Moore related this story in his influential book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young. Later dramatized in stunning fashion by director Randall Wallace, the film highlights the Air Cav’s first combat in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley. Mel Gibson portrayed Moore with commendable restraint. Gibson’s recent exploits and overacting make this performance notable. The film, reviled by left-leaning critics, stands as a important testament to America’s fighting men in Vietnam.