We Were Soldiers Once

Discussion in 'Vietnam' started by TomTAS, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    I'm right now reading this book We Were Soldiers Once & Young by Hal Moore & Joseph Galloway.. As most of you know this was made into a film staring Mel Gibson which is great, right now I'm about 150 pages into this book and can't put it down what a read.. But thats not the only Vietham book I've readed many years ago I was given this book Malcolm McConnell Into The Mouth of the Cat and Trust me poeple this is one book you should read... It was given to me in 1987 to read and yet in 2010 I can still remember most of it, I've even been to The Vietham Wall in Washington DC just to get a photo of the Pilots name and it is Lance Peter Sijan I believe that to this day there are buildings named after him in the US.. Lance was also awarded the MOH for his actions I will leave you to read the book and make your own mind up on this...

    Regards
    Tom
     
  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Tom
    Good book good read, when you have finished try Chickenhawk its about the Huey pilots and a good book, there are several Nam books out there on the shelf another I read and the title escapes me at present about a Airborne Recon unit and how they patrolled in the boonies.
    I worked with a guy 10 years ago who was a medic in a five man patrol he said that in his mind Platoon was the nearest film to what they did during their tour.
    Thanks for recommending The Mouth of the Cat I will go to Abebooks and research from there
     
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  5. TomTAS

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    Hi All,

    Yep thats the one I have and the paper back with Mel on the front.. And like I said Into the Mouth one of the best books about war that I have read.. Oldman yep read Chickenhawk as well and I have Into the Mouth 1st US and later paperback.. Got the 1st off abe books sometime ago wanted to keep that with the photo...

    Cheers
    Tom
     
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  7. Slipdigit

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    Jeff,

    Was that the film that Mel Gibson took the role as Lt Gen Moore?

    If so I thought it was a good film.

    Regards
    Tom

    Yes, but the movie was called We Were Soldier Once, omitting the "...and Young."

    It was one of the better war movies I have seen.
     
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  9. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Jeff,

    The problem with living in Germany is that most feature films end up being completely renamed and not just translated.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  10. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    There is a book about Rick Rescorla called Heart Of A Soldier, there is a link to it on this site Rick Rescorla.com
     
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    The film with Mel Gibson was excellent.
     
  12. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    For you people who like the Air scene there are several novels written about Nam one
    being the Flight of the Intruder they also made a film of it, Rolling Thunder and it sister books walked you through the air warfare part taking in F4 ops, Arclight flights, and covered a lot of other areas including the segregation of piolts & GIBS who had served in NATO and where of use to the USSR at the time.
    Also one or two books I have read on the subject touched on the use of other forces besides the VNA and Vietcong.
     
  13. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi Oldman,

    Yep Stephan Coonts is Flight of the Intruder read that to again 1st US & UK ones... And where are the Lance Peter Sijan books.. Also Oldman Franklin Allen Leib Fire Dream is another good Vietnam book..

    Cheers
    Tom
     

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  14. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I greatly enjoyed the book, Flight of the Intuder, but the movie was less than adequate, IMO.
     
  15. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Tom
    Remembered books by a Leonard B Scott one being the Last Run and the other Charlie Mike both dealt with the recon element of the Nam war again novels but also a lot of interest in the way they are written.
     
  16. Ranger6

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    LOL LT Colonel Leonard Scott. (THE AUTHOR OF CHARLIE MIKE AND THE LAST RUN)Was My Bn commander in abn school... He was also not on many LRRP missons in viet nam... Ive met several Rangers who served with him at ranger rondezvous, they called him "Patches" he was big into badges and stuff on his uniform. and a total REAR Echelon Command... the book "Charlie Rangers" by DOn Ericson and Mike Rotundo they talk about Old "Patches" Scott.
     
  17. Ranger6

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    Another good READ is STEEL MY SOLDIERS HEART.. By Colonel. David Hackworth. And ABOUT FACE
     
  18. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Jeff,

    The problem with living in Germany is that most feature films end up being completely renamed and not just translated.

    Regards
    Tom
    Try using imdb.com in the future. It has a lot of information concerning movies, including names that they are released under in other countries. It's a very informative and entertaining site for movie facts.
     
  19. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    Well this ones done and like I said before what a read, the part in which Hal Moore is in last about half way the you go onto the Battle for Albany.. In fact the film follows the book really well but having read this you don't get the battle for Albany in the film... Having said that what the Soldiers and Familys had to face after this War leaves you wondering Why....

    Regards
    Tom
     
  20. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Tom
    I think the book and film tell you about the problem, Hal Moore apparantly did not want to fly the troops out in case they got hit hard before the last could be got out.
    They changed command and started walking out the story is the new commander had no recom element out and they went into a battalion or division of the NVA.
    Basiclly it was the first full on combat and MACV wanted Moore back there to brief them ASAP.
    By the way Glad you enjoyed the book
     

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