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Just months after 23-year-old reporter Joe Galloway got to Vietnam, he found himself with Lt. Col. Hal Moore and his beleaguered 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ia Drang. The epic Nov. 1965 battle, where Galloway took up arms to save soldiers' lives—for which he received a Bronze Star with V Device—forged a deep friendship between the two men. Their collaboration led to two books, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young and We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam, and the film We Were Soldiers Once, destined to be a classic on the war. Galloway's storied career of reporting around the globe has spanned more than four decades. His unyielding commitment to truth—and to Vietnam vets—is as solid as ever.
You were born just before Pearl Harbor. Did WWII have an impression on you?
Were you destined to be a war reporter?
Did you see the Vietnam War coming?
How does a kid reporter in the Midwest get to cover Vietnam?
Did you know much about the place?
Your wish didn't take long to come true?
Were you prepared for what you found?
How long before reality set in?
So, even before Ia Drang, you were having doubts?
And the South Vietnamese weren't up to it?
So, your views of the war were getting shaped right away?
But, you were confident we could defeat the Viet Cong?
How did Ia Drang affect you?
You thought that, but couldn't say it in your reporting?
Do you regret that you couldn't express what you were beginning to believe?
Were they feeling the war directly by then?
You've been called a "soldier's reporter." Why is that?
What was that experience like, diving into an operation?
Was it tough when guys you were with were suddenly gone?
And there is not time to deal with it?
Has time helped you all heal the pain?
You also had to be a soldier.
How did Hal Moore impress you?
Your deep relationship was forged there and in subsequent operations?
Hal Moore left before you ended your first tour?
What finally got you to end your first tour, after 16 months?
Years later, you learned how your experience at Ia Drang was a model for the final thrust of the NVA?
Are you amazed you survived more than two years covering the war?
Was the reporting coming out of Vietnam getting it right?
Were reporters lied to by the military and government?
Has Vietnam been the most uncensored war in our history?
If the reporting was so unfettered, how did the war become so unpopular and still drag on for so long?
In light of Vietnam, how could we have gotten into another decade-long war?
And we even had the Soviet experience to study to boot?
Did you try to tell that story to someone at the Pentagon?
How do you respond to those who claim the media lost the Vietnam War?
Beyond Washington, was our military leadership flawed?
How do you feel when vets say that the press stabbed them in the back?
Your emotions must be very mixed when thinking of the war?
Did we learn from Vietnam that we must never turn our backs on our war veterans again?
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' Chuck him out, the brute!
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