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Killing, dying, suffering ‘indelibly marked us all’ | Stripes

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None of them who made it out alive remained the same. The pictures of violence, agony, and death left an indelible impact on everyone of them.

It was Sunday, Nov. 14, 1965, just after dark when Joseph L. Galloway  climbed aboard a Huey helicopter filled with crates of ammunition and hand grenades and hitched a ride into the pages of history. they were bound for a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, where an understrength battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment was fighting for its life. In the bloody battles of X-Ray and Albany, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, took part. In combat in the isolated Ia Drang Valley in November, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) lost 305 soldiers. “All of us have been permanently changed by images of murdering, dying, and suffering.” Bob Greene exited an A-1E Skyraider by parachute and witnessed the aircraft’s impact with the bush below. He wore an M16 rifle on his shoulder and carried a knapsack with 20 filled magazines. Greene: “Most of the bodies here are ours. There are many.” The 7th Cavalry, a former unit of Major General George Custer, came under intense enemy fire. 305 soldiers were killed in action and hundreds more were injured during the brutal November assault in and around the isolated Ia Drang Valley for the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). It would go down in history as the most brutal fighting of a conflict that would go for an additional eight years.



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