Lt General Hal Moore, who was Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang best known publically for the movie "We were Soldiers" As he is the REAL Deal portrayed by Mel Gibson
Retired Army Lt. Gen.Harold "Hal" Moore, Jr. attends the West Point football spring scrimmage at Doughboy Stadium in Ft. Benning, Ga. March 9, 2012. Moore is best known as the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang, in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He is the author of "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" which was adapted into the 2002 film We Were Soldiers.
Basil L. Plumley (January 1, 1920 – October 10, 2012) was a United States Army command sergeant major. He is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (Vietnam, 1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young"
LT. COL. HAL MOORE AFTER THE BATTLE OF LA DRANG Just before we left, we stood looking at each other … and the tears were coming down our cheeks. I told Joe, “I want you to go back to Saigon and tell the American people what great Soldiers these are. Tell them what a great job they did and what a great Army we have