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Military History Book Club

We were Soldiers, Once …and Young

The objective of the Military History Book Club is to encourage attendees to support Military Organizations. The Military History Book Club meets about every two months. The breakfasts are complimentary, but you need to RSVP (see below). Do not hesitate to bring friends.

Many consider Ia Drang to be the battle that changed the war in Vietnam. It is without question one of the most famous battles of that war. Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore and journalist Joseph L. Galloway offer a firsthand account of this momentous first engagement between Vietnamese regular forces and US Army airmobile units. The 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment faced overwhelming 10:1 odds, in what seemed certain to become a massacre.

Two of the companies of the 7th Cavalry suffered over 75% casualties. Both are listed among units that lost more men than any other company-sized elements over the duration of the Vietnam war.

LTG Hal Moore and Joe Galloway provide a gut-wrenching account of what war is really about. "We were Soldiers Once… and Young" is required reading at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It is an indispensable part of any military historian’s library.

[This book has been on the reading list of the Army Chief of Staff for the past 20 years.]

Next meeting: Monday, 24 September 2018
- Time: 7:15AM - 8:30AM
- Where: Canyon Creek Club, 625 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson, TX
- RSVP: to Robert Epstein at Macabee1948@aol.com
Continental Breakfast Provided
- Moderated by Lieutenant Colonel Don B. Munson, US Army (Ret)
LTC Munson was an Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, Infantry Officer, who commanded a 7th Cavalry Rifle Company (1967) and an Air Cavalry Battalion Task Force (1968), in combat, during the Vietnam War. He later led Special Forces units conducting covert operations in Southeast Asia in the mid-1970’s.
As a Military Advisor, LTC Munson participated in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm, 1991-92), the Bosnian War (1995), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003).

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