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.
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:
in the Korean War as a Company Commander and Regimental
S3 (7th Div)
in Vietnam as a Battalion and Brigade Commander (1st
General of the 7th Inf Div in Korea
of Ft Ord, CA
as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department
of the Army
Generals have a laundry list of awards and decorations
a mile long. The awards most important to Moore are:
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.
prior to Xray battle
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.
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.