Character Analysis Of The Movie We Were Soldiers

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In the movie “We Were Soldiers” the main character Lieutenant Colonel Harold “Hal” Moore was played by Mel Gibson. The movie is based upon the best-selling book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young" by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and journalist Joseph L. Galloway. LTC Moore was tasked with leading and commanding the newly created air cavalry unit. Upon arrival to his new unit, he studied his new “War horse” – the Bell UH-1D “Iroquois” helicopter. He first introduced himself and his SGM to the Officers and set expectations and the standards by stating “Welcome to the new Cavalry – we will ride into Battle and this will be our horse. You don’t have to catch it – you don’t have to feed it. But I can ensure you that neither the new technology nor your status as Officers will keep you above the danger.”

He then spoke of the culture that his SGM and himself came from. “SGM Plumley and I come from the paratroopers where the Officer is always the first one out of the plane. Because to follow your instinct and to inspire your men by your example – you have to be with them. Where the metal meets the meat.”
LTC Moore’s style of leadership was one that instilled confidence and set high expectations and standards for his leaders. He stressed taking care of each other and implemented tough and realistic training in order to ensure the best chance of his Soldiers surviving in battle. He believed in cross training and decentralization. In a field training exercise, he killed off the
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