When I Was Born
Things that happened on Sunday, November 14, 1965- the day I was born. I have also included many pictures from the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam War from…
November 6, 1965 Ia Drang Campaign: The battle of LZ Wing begins as a routine patrol for B-2/8 Cav and ends up as one of the bloodiest battles of the campaign. B-2/8, later reinforced by C-3/8, fights the well-entrenched 6th Bn, 33rd NVA Regiment. 26 americans are KIA and 53 WIA. 77 NVA soldiers are confirmed KIA and 1 is captured.
Flares from planes light a field covered with the dead and wounded of the ambushed battalion of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in the La Drang Valley, Vietnam, on November 18, 1965, during a fierce battle that had been raging for days. Units of the division were battling to hold their lines against what was estimated to be a regiment of North Vietnamese soldiers. Bodies of the slain soldiers were carried to this clearing with their gear to await evacuation by helicopter.
The first major engagement of the Vietnam War was fought 50 years ago November 1965 in the la Drang Valley. In this Veterans Day episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we hear three stories from and about men who served in Vietnam. The stories tell about what happened while they were deployed overseas as well as the battles they fought once they returned home.
This is a 105 mm howitzer. During the battle of La Drang, Colonel Moore’s men received an enormous volume of artillery support from 105’s at landing zone Falcon. The artillery was used to create a barrier between U.S. forces and the enemy. The 105 gunners at LZ falcon worked nonstop to provide constant fire support for the embattled men at LZ X-ray.
An A-1 Skyraider drops napalm on an enemy target. Napalm was used during the battle of La Drang, particularly when Colonel Moore called “Broken Arrow”. Napalm is a hot burning, sticky goo that coats the target with fire. In an incident of friendly fire, several Americans were killed by a napalm strike that was accidentally dropped on them.
After the battle at LZ X-Ray was over, LTC Hal Moore was given a two-week leave to write his after-action report. Since this battle was conducted under the control of ARVN II Corps Headquarters, a copy of this classified report had been submitted to Colonel Hieu, II Corps Chief of Staff, who orchestrated the entire Pleime-ChuPong-IaDrang campaign. And when it came to Colonel Hieu's turn to write his after action report of the entire campaign
Bruce Perry Crandall (born February 17, 1933) is a retired US Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ia Drang. During the battle he flew 22 missions in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to bring ammunition and supplies and evacuate the wounded. By the end of the Vietnam War, he had flown over 900 combat missions.