Reaction to We Were Soldiers Once… And Young The battle for the la Drang Valley in early November 1965 is We Were Soldiers Once…And Young. In a time of the 1960’s where racism was at a peak in America, there was no such thing in Vietnam for our American soldiers as portrayed by pilot Bruce Crandall, “…this act is engraved in my mind deeper than any other experience in my two tours in Vietnam. A huge black enlisted man, clad only in shorts and boots, hands bigger than dinner plates, reached into my helicopter to pick up one of the dead white soldiers. He had tears streaming down his face, and he tenderly cradled that dead soldier to his chest as he walked slowly from the aircraft to the medical station. I never knew if the man he picked up was his buddy or not. I suspect not. His grief was for a fallen comrade and for the agony that violent death brings to those who witness it…” Soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary at LZ X-Ray and the men of the 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary on route LZ-Albany both fought, bleed, died, and grieved for each other as more than just fellow soldiers, but brothers. The men of Lt. Col. Hal Moore were greatly outnumbered more than 4:1. They quickly began to see their fellow comrades fall round them as the soldiers of the 7th Calvary were ambushed, but even against impossible odds, Moore’s men held on for just over two whole days and nights. Soon after, their sister battalion, the 1st Battalion of the 5th Calvary, was massacred in hand to hand combat on their march to LZ Albany. We Were Soldiers Once…And Young has so many acts of heroism and valor as the men fought for their lives and the lives of their fellow comrades. The story that is told, tells the real picture of war and how war really is. War is not Call of Duty where you get shot thirty times and still live, or…
security. The word ‘Homecoming’ makes the readers think of a happy day for both the soldiers returning and their loved ones who are awaiting them back home. However as we read the poem, the title becomes ironic and gets associated with opposite meanings to what we first thought. In this case the ones returning home are dead.
Bruce Dawe has written the poem ‘Homecoming’ as a dedication to not only the soldiers who fought and survived but also the ones who passed away in the Vietnam War in 1968…
Scott Michaels 3/14/12
“The most precise definition of a child soldier was produced at a conference of scholars and representatives of various child-protection agencies, organized in 1997 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Convening in Cape Town, South Africa, the group developed the so-called Cape Town Principles, which define a child soldier as anyone under eighteen ‘who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force’ in any capacity, including cooks…
September 24, 2013
Child Soldier Rehabilitation
“We went from children who were afraid of gunshots to now children who were gunshots.” - Ishmael Beah, former child soldier.
The conscription of child soldiers happens all around the world and their degree of use is internationally sanctioned at varying grades of acceptability. The combat usages of children are authorized in some countries despite the practice being highly unethical. Up to half of the world’s child soldiers are in Africa and as many…
The way we were- a look at
holidaying in Britain in the 1930s
WHAT was it like to have a holiday in Britain 83 years ago? At a secondhand book stall I
bought, for just £1, a copy of The Traveller's Guide To Great Britain And Ireland 1930,
published by Trade And Travel Publications. This gem gives us a fascinating insight into the
Britain of yesteryear. Here's a look at some of the tips it gave tourists.
Published: 04:14, Thu, July 11, 2013
Beth left her small town and despite the disapproval of her parents, married Jake "the Muss" Heke. After eighteen years they live in an unkempt State House and have five children. Their interpretations of life and being Māori are tested. Their eldest daughter, Grace, keeps a journal in which she chronicles events as well as stories which she tells her younger siblings.
Jake is fired from his job and is satisfied with the unemployment benefit, spending most days getting drunk at the local pub with…
We Were Soldiers is based on a true story about the first major battle in Vietnam. The movie has an extensive cast including Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, and Sam Elliot. Director and writer Randall Wallace, known for Braveheart, puts together a fairly accurate portrayal of the battle. The motion picture illustrates the battle of Ia Drang, located in Northern Vietnam. That battle is said to be one of the most gory and fierce battles of the war. The United States was facing…
World History Extra Credit
We Were Soldiers: Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a nightmare for many soldiers. It re-defined the meaning of war to an entire generation. As the conflict grew, it became known around the world that this was a war that could not be won. After this was realized by America the main focus became to get out instead of winning. In the movie We Were Soldiers, by Randall Wallace, a true account of the first major battle in the Vietnam War. At the beginning…
novel Night by Ellie Wiesel, The Song of Roland by Frederick Goldin and All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque. These texts represent how human experiences are conquered by the will and motivations for one to survive.
The pride within a soldier is gained by the survival through making it out of warfare. The honor afterwards defines a character, giving them strength. As Roland fails to survive he turned his toward the Saracen hosts, and this is why: with all his heart he wants King Charles…
World War I Soldier Paper
HIS/120 U.S. HISTORY 1865 TO 1945
* Analysis of the role played by American troops in the Second Battle of the Marne and subsequent engagements with the Germans
Although US troops assumed mainly a support role in this action, the battle came to be known as the beginning of the end for Germany. 85,000 US troops participated, with 12,000 casualties, gaining the praise of not only their own officers, but the French and British commanders as well…