August 4, 1999
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
PANEL TO EXAMINE THE BATTLE OF THE IA DRANG VALLEY AT
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ANAHEIM
A distinguished panel of veterans of the 1965 Battle of the Ia Drang
Valley will discuss that historic engagement on Saturday, Aug. 14, from
noon to 2 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott as part of Vietnam Veterans of America's
(VVA) Ninth National Convention. The panel will be made up of Gen.
Harold G. "Hal" Moore, Jack Smith, Joseph L. Galloway and Virgie Hibbler,
The fierce, bloody four-day battle was the first large military engagement
between U.S. and North Vietnamese forces. In the battle, helicopters
ferried large units into combat, foreshadowing the tactics that would be
used in the next four years by the American forces in their war of attrition
against the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.
Gen. Hal Moore, then a lieutenant colonel, commanded the First Cavalry
Division's First Battalion, 7th Cavalry. He retired from the Army
in 1977. He is the co-author of the bestseller, We Were Soldiers
Once...and Young, which tells the story of the Battle of the Ia Drang.
Jack Smith, the veteran ABC news correspondent, was an enlisted man
with the First Cavalry Division who fought at the Ia Drang. In 1967
he wrote an award-winning article in The Saturday Evening Post describing
the Battle of the Ia Drang. He returned to Vietnam in 1993 to report
on the battle for ABC's "Nightline" and "Day One."
Joseph L. Galloway of U.S. News & World Report, covered the Vietnam
War for United Press International and was on the ground in the thick of
the fighting at the Ia Drang Valley. In 1998 the Army awarded him
a Bronze Star Medal with V device for his efforts to rescue wounded soldiers
in the Ia Drang. He is the co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and
Virgie Hibbler, Jr. is a former First Cavalry Division infantryman
who fought in the Ia Drang. A long-time veterans advocate, he is
VVA's Nevada State Council President.
The panel, which will be held in the Anaheim Marriott's Verandah, will
be moderated by Marc Leepson, arts editor of The VVA Veteran. The
event is open to the public.
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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell
at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's
only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated
solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's
founding principle is "Never again will one generation of veterans