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After his retirement from active duty in 1977, Hal became the Executive Vice President of the Crested Butte Ski Area in Crested Butte, CO. During the '80s and early '90s, he researched and wrote a book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young with his co-author, Joe Galloway then of US News and World Report. The book covers the first major battle of the Vietnam War, the Ia Drang Battle (LZ Xray), in which both men participated. Hal was the Battalion Commander on the ground and Joe was a UPI correspondent. The book is recognized as a classic on the Vietnam War and spent over 17 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

 

 

Bios

Lt Gen Harold G. Moore (USA-Ret)
Hal Moore retired from the Army as a 3 Star General in 1977 with over 32 years active service. Commissioned a 2nd Lt of Infantry in 1945, he served and commanded at all levels from Platoon through Division. Highlights of his career include:

  • Service in the Korean War as a Company Commander and Regimental S3 (7th Div)
  • Service in Vietnam as a Battalion and Brigade Commander (1st Cav)
  • Commanding General of the 7th Inf Div in Korea
  • Commander of Ft Ord, CA
  • Service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army

Most Generals have a laundry list of awards and decorations a mile long. The awards most important to Moore are:

 

 

Joe talked his way into the X-Ray battle, and, sitting on a box of hand grenades, landed in a Huey at 9:30 PM the first night. He remained on the ground with the men of the 1/7 Cav for the rest of the 3 day battle.

Joe prior to Xray battle

 

  Joe Galloway
Joe is a native Texan. At seventeen, he was a reporter on a daily newspaper, at nineteen a bureau chief for United Press International. he spent fifteen years as a foreign and war correspondent based in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and the Soviet Union.

After UPI service in Los Angeles, he spent several years as a feature and Senior Writer in Washington, DC with US News and World Report. For that magazine, he covered the Gulf War and co-authored Triumph Without Victory; The Unreported History of the Persian Gulf War.

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