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Battle Timeline
1st Bn, 7th Cav
  Ia Drang Valley
  Ia Drang Map
  An Khe Base Camp

  Plei Me

Battle Leadership



X-Ray Day 1
X-Ray Day 2
X-Ray Day 3
Tactical Map
Aerial Recon
Enemy Cdr

Combat Camera video footage

Unpublished pictures are under each daily summary (X-Ray Day 1, etc)

A Vietnamese military maxim states:

He who controls the Central Highlands controls South Vietnam

In late October '65, a large North Vietnamese force attacked the Plei Me Special Forces Camp. Troops of the 1st Brigade were sent into the battle. After the enemy was repulsed, the 3rd Brigade replaced the 1st Brigade in early November. After three days of patrolling without any contact, Hal Moore's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry was ordered to air assault into the Ia Drang Valley on Nov 14. his mission:

Find and kill the enemy

At 10:48 AM, Moore was the first man out of the lead chopper to hit the landing zone, firing his M16 rifle. Little did Moore and his men suspect that FATE had sent them into the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the American Army and the People's Army of Vietnam - Regulars - and into history.

Terrain at Xray

Command Group Photo - 1-7 CAV

Next: X-Ray Day 1

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