U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

There are few veterans who don’t know the name Hal Moore. The legendary and celebrated military commander, whose battlefield leadership and poise under fire at the battle of Ia Drang was captured in the 2002 film “We Were Soldiers,” passed away on Feb. 10, two days shy of his 95th birthday.

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Prior to Nov. 14, 1965, the U.S. Army had never met its North Vietnamese counterpart in a major battle. That changed when the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment landed in Vietnam’s Northern Highlands.

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