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Free History Movie Is 'We Were Soldiers'


September 24, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., at the WNC Military History Museum bring your friends to see “We Were Soldiers,” a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on Nov. 14, 1965.

The United States is fighting the Vietnam War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) is chosen to train and lead a battalion. After arriving in Vietnam, he learns that an American base has been attacked, and is ordered to take his 400 men after the enemy and eliminate the North Vietnamese attackers, despite the fact that intelligence has no idea of the number of enemy troops. After landing in the “Valley of Death,” the soldiers capture a North Vietnamese soldier and learn from him that the location they were sent to is actually the base camp for a veteran North Vietnamese army division of 4,000 men.

This is the story of the first large scale battle of the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ia Drang was the first to use helicopters to ferry infantry (in this case, air cavalry) deep into the Vietnam central highlands. The battle became a paradigm of the “search and destroy” missions that would characterize most of the conflict.

Free popcorn will be served at the museum at 21 E. Main St. in Brevard.

Call (828) 884-2141 for more information.


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