The Battle of Ia Drang

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The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle between regulars of the United States Army and regulars of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN / NVA) of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The two-part battle took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965, at two landing zones (LZs) northwest of Plei Me in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam (approximately 35 miles south-west of Pleiku) as part of the U.S. airmobile offensive codenamed Operation Silver Bayonet. The battle derives its name from the Drang River which runs through the valley northwest of Plei Me, in which the engagement took place. "Ia" means "river" in the local Montagnard language.

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  1. 9635967
    9635967 Feb 01, 2013

    All gave some n some gave all. When u meet a soldier shake their hand and think them for their service.This wasn't a great place to be.This is what they call to hell n back. AMEN

  2. 33736900
    33736900 Mar 06, 2015

    My Step Dad Robert (Bob) Wise was a member of that unit. 2nd Cav @ La Trang Vietnam. On his second tour in Vietnam he stepped on a mine and lost both legs. President Johnson pinned the Purple Heart on him. His Battle didn't end with the lift off from the LZ, in fact it never ended. I am and always will be very proud of him. He was the reason I later joined and spent more than 30 years in the military, now retired. My real father served 3 tours in Nam (now Deceased - (Carl E. Miller) and retired after 28 years, he also spent 18 months in the Korean War. My Brother recently retired from the Army with 28 years and my Son, a Captain and Graduate of the Marion Military Academy now serves. The torch is thus past once more.

  3. 26154104
    26154104 Apr 12, 2015

    I came to know Duncan "Duke" Krieger through a close friend of his, Linda Just. The movie of "We were soldiers once . . . and young" moved me to do some background on it, only to find out that Duke was killed during that battle. He was the first Vietnam Veteran to be killed from Wisconsin and is now buried in a National Cemetery known as Wood Memorial in Milwaukee. Hi friend Linda helped me with some additional background research by sharing some of her letters from him while he was in the Army. Duke, you are missed and loved by those who knew you. I and them can only wish your rest in peace and thank you for your service. Bob Bembenek,Sr

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