Garryowen, Sir

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So yesterday came word that LTG Hal Moore, who commanded as LTC the 1st BN of the 7th Cavalry, at Ia Drang in 65 has died. From the Stars and Stripes.

Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. “Hal” Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, has died. He was 94.

Joseph Galloway, who with Moore co-authored the book “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” confirmed Saturday to The Associated Press that Moore died late Friday in his sleep at his home in Auburn, Alabama.

Galloway said Moore, his friend of 51 years, died two days shy of his 95th birthday.

“There’s something missing on this earth now. We’ve lost a great warrior, a great soldier, a great human being and my best friend. They don’t make them like him anymore,” Galloway said.

Moore was best known for his actions at the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang, where he was a lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. His actions were later reflected in the movie “We Were Soldiers” in which actor Mel Gibson portrayed Moore. The book tells what happened to virtually every trooper involved in the 34-day campaign and the climactic four-day battle in which 234 Americans died at landing zones X-Ray and Albany in November 1965.

On a Facebook page managed by Moore’s family, relatives said he died on the birthday of his wife, Julia, who died in 2004 after 55 years of marriage.

“Mom called Dad home on her day,” the statement said. “After having a stroke last week, Dad was more lethargic and had difficulty speaking, but he had always fought his way back.”

via Lt. Gen. Hal Moore dies; depicted in film ‘We Were Soldiers’ – U.S. – Stripes

And so another legendary American Cavalryman goes to Fiddler’s Green to drink with the legends, JEB Stuart, Custer, Patton and all the others. He, like they, will be missed as long as Americans believe in courage, dash, and above all winning even against the odds. Something to remember as the Dragoons are road marching about in Eastern Europe, showing the guidon to the people we freed from the Soviets. And no doubt teaching their soldiers about the legend, the glory, and yes, the Stetsons of the US Cavalry.

Rest in Peace, Sir.
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27 Responses to Garryowen, Sir

  1. Indeed a great American, and he held the Army master parachutist badge. A legend at Fort Bragg! I believe he was a Roman Catholic Christian? RIP

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    • NEO says:

      Probably, and judging by that Stetson, the CIB, with star. That ain’t common either.

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      • Well, the Army master parachute wing demands many jumps, both day and night!

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        • NEO says:

          Does indeed.

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    • I should have said “wing” (with a star above it). Semper Fi! Both American Marines and RMC’s have jumped at Bragg. A Special Forces Army base

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      • NEO says:

        There are a few with a wreath around that star, I’ve seen one or two, but they’re really uncommon.

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        • There is also a “senior” American Army Jump wing, the star, without the wreath as I remember? Of course the master is the highest.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that’s the terminology, I believe.

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        • Btw, now the American Navy/Marines have the Combat Action Ribbon, somewhat like the Army CIB. I might even rate that as an old RMC combat attached? But what the hell, medals really should be given alone to those lost/killed in war! My opinion at least.

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        • NEO says:

          Most of the combat infantrymen I’ve known considered the CIB the highest award because it had defined criteria (which I’ve mostly forgotten) and to get it you had to be what it said on the tin. Garret troopers need not apply. 🙂

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        • I was also attached to MACVSOG (Nam) as again attached with/from the Marine Force Recon. We had several American Marines, and a few of us RMC’s, who went to the In-Country Army Recondo School. We had an Aussie who was also one of the Instructors in the Recondo school. I was liaisoned (volunteered) thru the Aussie RMC’s, though I was an English based RMC.

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  2. Btw on a secondary note, so sad about Flynn, bad timing and politics. Not to mention leaks! I have an American Army friend (Light Col.) who went to West Point with Fynn, just a shame!

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    • And yes the Lt. Col. is retired.

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      • NEO says:

        I assumed that, with up or out not many active LTCs of that age around. Sad he didn’t get his bird, though.

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        • Rank is always somewhat two things, one’s MOS and politics! 😉

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        • NEO says:

          Absolutely, and kind of sadly. 😉

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        • Indeed a true combat MOS is always tough enough, without adding the political. But sadly too often it is just there! Part of the human equation in this fallen world. The best that can be done I suppose is seeking to keep it to the minimal! Every officer and noncom has to follow the chain of command, but sometimes (especially in combat, bending the book to some degree, for the life and sake of the men).

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        • NEO says:

          Agreed, in fact that’s true for any operational field, or so I’ve found.

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        • Military discipline combined with operational ability and duty, in a unit of each and one another! A band of brothers to the end!

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    • NEO says:

      I am inclined to agree, but it does appear that he lied/ or forgot to tell the VP. I’d fire his butt too. Sad end for a very good man. Trump does need to find a way to stop the leaks though. This whole case stinks rather badly.

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      • Agreed! Flynn should have known better, and especially as an retired Intell Officer. I think speaking to the Russians is going to be very problematic! Got to keep the faith! (metaphor of course)

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed, we do. And yet, why not? The Russians problem in large measure track ours, and there is room for cooperation, although not in all areas. Iran, from what I read, is becoming a problem for them as well. Granted, they should have seen it coming, but…

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  3. the unit says:

    Been some excellent posts here the last week. Wondering if Westboro Baptist Church will harass General Moore’s funeral? And maybe some leftist protesters? He was the sort they don’t like. Haven’t read the book or seen the movie but read various comments about his speeches, counselling, and prayers he had with his soldiers. And read more quotes from him over at Wikiquotes. You’d think with how he spoke to his men against discrimination because of race or creed he’d be celebrated by libs, but how he ended one prayer might’ve turned the left against him: ” Oh, yes, and one more thing, dear Lord — about our enemies? Ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to hell. Amen again.”
    I’ve read here every day although I’ve been quiet. We had a family crisis last Thursday and over the weekend. All here have been down in the dumps since. And then too in the quietness I’ve been thinking how silly my comments have been of late. So while I’m not inwardly feeling silly, I have reacessed my demeanor for my outward appearance, …even if superficial . I don’t really want to act my age, as the hardware clerk said the other day about my age “you don’t act like it.”

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    • NEO says:

      All very true.

      I don’t mind, as you know, silly comments. If nothing else, they remind me somebody is reading this stuff. Good luck with the crisis, they always suck, whatever they are. Nope, I an’t about to act mine either, besides I don’t have a rocking chair! So do what feels right to you, no judging from me.

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      • the unit says:

        🙂 Thanks. I yam what I yam too!

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        • NEO says:

          Yepper! 🙂

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    • Many people say I am too serious! But these are “serious” times! And I am always pressed being a Christian pastor & teacher, and yes something of a biblical theolog. The Holy Scripture surely has more truth than we sinful beings can realize, and now especially as we can see the Great Day Of The Lord approaching! Who knows, perhaps I might live long enough to see it? But of course I really hope not? For it will be more terrible than we can imagine! Matthew 24: 21-22, Modern and now Postmodern society will surely fail in the end, my belief at least! The end of the age, will be cataclysmic! Yes, I am a realist, especially biblically and historically. Come Lord Jesus!

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