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The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley is one of the most iconic battles of the Vietnam War, and later would set the scene for the film We Were Soldiers based on the novel We Were Soldiers Once… And Young.

It was the first major combat action between U.S. ground forces and the North Vietnamese Army.

鶹app interviewed six veterans who survived the battle, though time marches on, their ability to paint a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating moments ignites the patriotism that lives deep in all of us.


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Every year since the early 1990s, veterans of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley have gathered to reconnect and remember their fallen comrades.

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While members of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), later re-flagged as the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), knew orders to Vietnam were l…