Battle of ia drang / US Army 1st Air Cav. 1965
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November 18, 1965 Ia Drang Valley: In the morning, the fighting near LZ Albany subsides and the surviving NVA, including an estimated 150 wounded, withdraw, leaving behind 33 light machine guns, 112 rifles, four mortar tubes, two rocket launchers, and over 400 bodies. Out of approximately 400 Americans involved, over 150 are dead and 121 are wounded. At the same time, 1/5 Cav is attacked at LZ Columbus, 2 US soldiers are KIA and 31 WIA. 27 NVA are confirmed killed. Meanwhile, the NVA
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Walter Joseph "Joe" Marm, Jr.~ Medal of Honor. During the Battle of Ia Drang, realizing his platoon could not hold long & seeing 4 enemy soldiers moving into his position, he moved quickly under heavy fire and annihilated all 4. Then, seeing that his platoon was receiving intense fire from a concealed machine gun, he deliberately exposed himself to draw its fire then he charged 30 meters across open ground, and hurled grenades into the enemy position, killing some of the 8 insurgents manning it.
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Flares from planes light a field covered with the dead and wounded of the ambushed battalion of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in the La Drang Valley, Vietnam, on November 18, 1965, during a fierce battle that had been raging for days. Units of the division were battling to hold their lines against what was estimated to be a regiment of North Vietnamese soldiers. Bodies of the slain soldiers were carried to this clearing with their gear to await evacuation by helicopter.