Guyer Photo Collection – Ronnie Guyer (radioman; pictured here immediately prior to the joining LTC Moore on his first recon flight in Vietnam) graciously shared photos from his collection that he took during and after the Ia Drang battles.
Collection features shots of many of the principals in the Ia Drang Campaign – Moore, Plumley, Kinnard, Nadal, Herren – taken at various locations (Plei Me, Falcon, An Khe, Bong Son).
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.
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)