Essay on We Were Soldiers

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We Were Soldiers The Vietnam War was a nightmare for many soldiers. It re-defined the meaning of war to an entire generation. As the conflict grew it became known around the world that this was a war that could not be won. After this was realized by America the main focus became to "get out" instead of "getting a victory". In the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, directed by Randall Wallace, a true account of the first major battle in Vietnam is given. At the beginning of the film he introduces to us many of the soldiers and their families. This is a very smart technique, because it ensures that the audience not only will care about each one, but also tell them apart. Wallace exemplifies two very fundamental concepts that show up…show more content…
She was always there to support the wives and help them through the tough times. The year is 1965 and Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the leader of the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry. Moore is assigned to lead his men into battle in the Ia Drang Valley, commonly known as "The Valley of Death". This would be the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese soldiers(a.k.a Vietcong). Four-hundred of Moore's men were drawn into an ambush, trapped for many days, and bombastically outnumbered by the Vietcong. Instead of giving up and retreating, they stayed and fought to the end. Moore's commanding officer Sgt. Major Plumer(played by Sam Elliot) is a cocky drill sergeant who is by Moore's side most of the battle. Plumer is remembered for his audacious and insane one-liners through-out the movie and his un-hindered willingness to kill the enemy. Although early on he seems to be incapable of any outward sign of emotion, Plumer did show some grief and sadness in one of the last scenes of the movie when many of his men had died. Farther along into the battle, we are introduced to another character, Joe Galloway( played by Barry Pepper). During the night when the battle had been suppressed, we learn pretty much a life story about Joe as he talks to Lt. Moore. Yet again we have a sane view to war when Joe explains to Moore, that he thought he could learn more about a war from behind a camera than from behind a rifle. From this point on Joe
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