We Were Soldiers
On a Sunday morning in November of 1965, Lt. Colonel Harold Moore (Mel Gibson) and his young, green troopers of the Army’s Seventh Calvary land in Viet Nam’s Ia Drang Valley, a place known as “The Valley of Death.” Along as a journalist and war correspondent, reporter Joseph Galloway (Barry Pepper) photographs the soldiers and jots down notes. The 400 men of the Seventh, like their historical namesake at Little Big Horn, soon find themselves overwhelmingly outnumbered. In this first major combat between America and the North Vietnamese, Moore begins to feel like General Custer, but he’s determined to live up to his promise of getting his men back home. At home in the U.S., Moore’s wife, Julie (Madeleine Stowe), offers her support to the wives of the men in her husband’s command. This powerful and inspiring film is a tribute to the men who faced the horrors of war with honor, uncommon valor and loyalty to one another.
Based on the biographical history, We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, co-authored by Lt. General Harold Moore and civilian war correspondent Joseph Galloway, the film looks at America’s unpopular war through the eyes of those who fought in it. Moore is also shown to have deep religious convictions as he prays for both his men and his enemies. It is a wonderful and cleansing exoneration to see the American military perform valiantly even in our most unpopular war, but the highly graphic wounds and deaths in the battle scenes are not for the squeamish. Vulgar language used numerous times further detracts from the inspiring characters and action in WE WERE SOLDIERS.