First Light 14 Nov 65 at French Fortress east of Plei Me Special Forces Camp / Lt. Col. Hal Moore planning Air Assault into LZ X-Ray 30′ to my right front.
CH-47 Chinook and S-2/3 Personnel HHC, 1/7 Cav above hill west of Bong Son-Operation White Wing/Masher April 1966
Commo Platoon HHC, 1/7 Cav resting in Bong Son Farm backyard, March 1966. (Paul Smith’s Group)
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.
LZ FALCON, Helmeted Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore thanking 1/7 Cav Battalion surgeon Capt. Robert Carrara for his valiant and heroic work at LZ X-RAY saving lives. S/Sgt Keeton is on the left. LZ FALCON Medical Aid Station 2nd Lt (?) on the right is the one who pronounced S-2 CPT Tom Metzger KIA after his extraction from Huey at Falcon fresh from X-Ray.
Up close picture of Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore taken in 1/7 Cav Battalion Area at An Khe just before or after our Plei Me-IA DRANG Operation, late 1965
1st Cav. Div. Commanding General Harry W.O. Kinnard welcoming the 1/7th Cav back to Home Base at An Khe. A smiling Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore is in the middle.
LZ FALCON, a smiling and Victorious Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore newly extracted from LZ X-RAY, along with the 1/7 Cav, thanking the HHC Medical Aid Men for their work at LZ X-RAY.
Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore at PLEIKU Airstrip reading Congratulatory Telegram from Commanding General William Westmoreland who immediately followed him on top of this Jeep to personally salute the members of the 1/7 Cav for their “Outstanding Victory” at IA DRANG.
SP/4 Ronald W. Guyer (HHC, 1/7 S-1 Clerk) standing at entrance to Plei Me Special Forces Camp awaiting AirLift to LZ Falcon IA DRANG Valley 14 Nov 65
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)
CSM Basil Plumley, 1/7 Cav, at PLEIKU Airstrip immediately after Victory at IA DRANG, and during the Battle at LZ ALBANY.
CPT Tony Nadal, Commanding CO. A, 1/7 Cav, at BONG SON, March/April 1966
CPT John Herren, Commanding CO. B, 1/7 Cav, at BONG SON, March/April 1966
SP/4 Ronald W. Guyer standing with a visiting young Senator TED KENNEDY at 1st Cav Div HQ October 1965