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.
So long as the acting isn’t terrible, or the plot awful, even a mediocre film set during the Second World War is going to do well with an American audience. We love that shit — dead Nazis, all-American heroes, massive battles, and, most importantly, a major victory for the United States. In the coming months, we’ll see four more additions to this genre: “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Allied,” “Dunkirk,” and “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.”
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.