‘IDRANG’.. 1st Cav Licensed Mustang with ALOHA RONNIE Guyer in front of our Christmas Lights Home, American Flag ..Cross ..’WE WERE SOLDIERS’.. Cap -&- all.
Actor SAM ELLIOTT who portrays Hero CSM BASIL PLUMLEY to MEL GIBSON’s Lt. Col. HAL MOORE in ..’WE WERE SOLDIERS’.. with ALOHA RONNIE Guyer/Radio Operator to both in Vietnam …and the real IA DRANG-1965 Hero S-3 Operations Officer Capt MATT DILLON …who I also Clerked for …to the left at our Year 2001 IA DRANG Alumni D.C. Conference. (photo taken by Kevin Burke)
The first two Communist North Vietnamese Regular POW's of the Battle of IA DRANG fresh from LZ X-RAY are escorted from Helicopter to Helicopter at LZ FALCON by members of the HHC, 1/7 Cav. Associated Press Photographer is running to the right to get in front of them to take the picture that is in 'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE….AND YOUNG.' Shadow of me taking this picture is at lower left. I consider this picture one of the best. Notice wounded knee on one of the POW's in the middle of the picture.
The officer to the right of Lt Col Moore is 1st Lt James L. (Larry) Litton, XO of D 1/7 Cav. In the Ia Drang he assumed command of D 1/7 when Capt Ray Lefebvre was wounded and evacuated. The officer in the right foreground with his back to the camera is Capt Richard Merchant who took command of D 1/7 after the battle. The NCO in the left foreground with his back to the camera is 1st Sgt Warren Adams, D 1/7.