Hal Moore (1922 - 2017)

Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, a co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Auburn, Alabama, according to multiple news sources. He was 94.

Moore was the lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of La Drang in 1965. It was the first large-scale battle between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnamese army. Outnumbered and without access to an evacuation zone, Moore was credited with keeping most of his men alive during the fierce fighting. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the U.S. military’s second-highest decoration for valor.

Moore co-authored “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” along with former war correspondent Joseph Galloway, documenting the battle. The book was a best-seller and critically acclaimed. It was later adapted into the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson as Moore.

“There’s something missing on this earth now. We’ve lost a great warrior, a great soldier, a great human being, and my best friend. They don’t make them like him anymore,” Galloway told The Associated Press.

Born Feb. 13, 1922, in Bardstown, Kentucky, Moore attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point during World War II. He experienced his first combat as a captain during the Korean War.

Following his service in Vietnam, he served at the Pentagon, eventually rising in rank to lieutenant general. He retired from the Army in 1977 after 32 years of active service.

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