Hal Moore: A Soldier Once... And Always

HAL MOORE: A SOLDIER ONCE...AND ALWAYS     MIKE GUARDIA


Hal Moore by Mike Guardia  Hal Moore, one of the most admired American combat leaders of the last 50 years, has until now been best known to the public for being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie 'We Were Soldiers.' In this first-ever, fully illustrated biography, we finally learn the full story of one of America's true military heroes.

A 1945 graduate of West Point, Moore’s first combats occurred during the Korean War, where he fought in the battles of Old Baldy, T-Bone, and Pork Chop Hill. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, Moore commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry in the first full-fledged battle between U.S. and North Vietnamese regulars. Drastically outnumbered and nearly overrun, Moore led from the front, and though losing 79 soldiers, accounted for 1,200 of the enemy before the Communists withdrew. This Battle of Ia Drang pioneered the use of “air mobile infantry”—delivering troops into battle via helicopter—which became the staple of U.S. operations for the remainder of the war. He later wrote of his experiences in the best-selling book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.

Following his tour in Vietnam, he assumed command of the 7th Infantry Division, forward-stationed in South Korea, and in 1971, he took command of the Army Training Center at Fort Ord, California. In this capacity, he oversaw the US Army’s transition from a conscript-based to an all-volunteer force. He retired as a Lieutenant General in 1977.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:


     A fascinating story about a man who always wanted to be in the military. Hal Moore is the leader of 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry, and was featured in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. Mel Gibson was portraying Hal Moore.

     Now back to the book, he graduated from West Point at the end of world war two. He had different jobs until he was sent to Japan, then Korea broke out. Transferred into another outfit after about six months he started seeing his first combat. Again each time leaving one unit to another one either for promotion or a higher up liked his leadership, training and organizing a unit. Finally as Korea was slowing down he was brought back to the states for more training.

     During this time he got married and got another promotion. He was now back at West Point, Vietnam was still not happening yet, but he put in for a new air unit with helicopters. Having been with the 82nd and the 173rd airborne units he saw this as another way to bring troops into an area quickly.

     Now a few years go by and now Vietnam is becoming a real place of interest. After a training exercise watch by VIP’s he is transferred to the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry. Actually they are putting the 7th back into active status so he feels something is up. His sergeant major is a man who made all 4 combat jumps with the 82nd in WWII and fought in Korea.

     It is now 65 and by March the Marines have landed in Da Nang. Training is being stepped up but he is losing men at the same time due to policies of the Army and the White House. In the summer of 65 they are shipped over. He continues to train but continues to lose men and the replacements are slow to get there. His troop size should have been 767, they were at 679 plus some were still out with malaria.                                

     On Nov 14 of 65 began the battle of IA Dang,   build up was noticed from the air and troops were sent in. The first troops were attacked as soon as the helicopters left. Hearing this from camp he order everyone all of his 1st Battalion to depart. The second group of soldiers were to support the first that were under fire. Not hearing any at the time the over anxious young LT. lead his men into a trap, he and the two top NCO’s were killed almost at once leaving a 21 year old SSgt to stay with the platoon. They became the lost platoon, took almost two days before they could be recused. More men were arriving including Moore, the Sgt. Major and the rest of the Battalion. SSgt. Savage, from the lost platoon was calling direct fire artillery but was still being attacked. As the Battalion spread out to cover all areas of the attack they still could reach any of the first troops that had landed.

     The second day started out as bad as the first more attacks but each one was pushed backed. Still with direct fire support fire they could not each SSgt Savage. By now men had been flown out, either wounded or had died. And though the movie showed that the families lived on base they did not. Once deployed they had 30 days to leave base, find new housing. The part where cab drivers would deliver casualty notifications. His wife seeing this did come up with a way to handle it within the unit wife’s.

     Now on the third day the 2nd Battalion came in with reinforcements’ and drove back the enemy and was able to get to the lost platoon. There was no bayonet charge up the hill that was Hollywood. Beginning the morning of the third day the NVA made one last charge and failed. At the end the enemy lost 1215 we had 85 killed 121 wounded. SSGT Savage made it through two horrible nights. The platoon went in 29 came out 9 dead 13 wounded. Moore said this was his worst day for he knew everyone and been with them for 18 months. But it was a win, they did not give ground the NVA left and every battle that was fought we won.

     He speaks, about that how we won each battle even the Tet offensive, just that like the Tet it was portrayed in the media back in the states as a lose. He speaks of not being able to follow the enemy to Laos and Cambodia, which was where there supplies were coming from. Tying the hands of a fighting force you are not portraying confidence. He felt from the top Johnson and McNamara, were the reason that every time they made progress they would be pushed back.

     In the book you will read about trips he made back to Vietnam with some of the men from his unit. They met with some of the men they fought against that day. A final closer for that day. His wife passed away a few years ago and you not only had generals and other ranking people. But wives from some of the men lost from that battle came to give their respects. He said she made him a better person. He retired a 3 star general.

     One final note, if you see a copy of the movie the soldier on the cover is Lt. Cyril “Rick” Recorla. He perished tragically in the World Trade center attack of Sep 2001. A lot more information and a great book. I got this from net- galley

Brenda M. Collins Here Now




I would like to thank Brenda for coming to be with us today !!!





Thank you so much for inviting to meet your friends today.


I’m in my office in Alberta Canada, watching the sun sparkle off the ice on my window. Winter has come in like a lion this year; we’ve already had almost two feet of fluffy white snow fall this week. I can almost hear those Christmas bells ringing! ;-)


Rad-Reader:  What made you decide to become a writer?  How and when did you realize you wanted to do it?


Brenda:  My mother, concerned that I had so little interest in reading as I entered my teens, bought me my first romantic suspense novel. That’s when I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up—the next Agatha Christie. However, as often happens, I let LIFE get in the way. And it’s taken me decades to circle back to that dream.

Rad-Reader:  Tell our readers about yourself… Is there anything personal, you the writer, would like to share with our readers that they would find interesting.  Something no one knows about you?  How about something personal? (Funny childhood story).

Brenda:  There’s an Irish saying, May you live an interesting life, so I would say I have the luck of the Irish. My first career was in computer security when it was in its infancy, so I got to see the emergence of the internet while travelling all over the world.  At one point, when I was in my late twenties and in Paris on business, I got lost in the warehouse district late one night when the subway shut down, and was rescued by a dark, handsome stranger. I finally wrote the whole episode down after having to repeat it to friends so often. It’s posted on my website if anyone wants to read the whole true story. Now, I’m pursuing my dream of being a commercial fiction author. It’s not as lucrative, but just as interesting. With my dear hubby, I also love rock hounding, silver-smithing, and am willing to try anything else that peaks our interest.









Rad-Reader:  Where did you grow up and did it influence your writing at all?

Brenda:  I was born on an the island in the North Atlantic, off the east coast of Canada, called Newfoundland. Its history dates back to the Vikings, and, culturally, we lean heavily to Irish. Folktales, and storytelling, are bred into my family genes.

Rad-Reader:  What books influenced your writing style do you think?  Why?

Brenda:  According to some sketchy family lore, I’m related to Wilkie Collins. LOL But I learned the power of a well-placed clue by reading Agatha Christie. I discovered strong character development from Rex Stout and Dick Francis, and romantic suspense from Mariah Stewart and Kay Hooper. And of course, like everyone else, I’ve learned so much about the art of storytelling from Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb!

Rad-Reader:  What genres do you like to write and which do you write the most of?

I’m a bit of a genre bender – I’ve always got a cozy mystery running through my stories, and a hero and heroine who have to build a relationship of some kind to resolve the puzzle and reach their goals. But then I may weave in paranormal elements, or give it an old style detective twist, or wander into the international suspense thriller genre…really wherever my imagination and mood takes me.

Rad-Reader:  What kind of books do you like to read?  What new authors have peeked your interest?

Brenda:  I’m all over the paranormal suspense and romance genre at the moment. I can’t list all fabulous authors I’ve found. And there are more great ones yet to be discovered, I’m sure. I picked up Jeanine Frost’s HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE this Fall and fell in love with Cat and Bones. I’ve already read the rest of the Night Huntress series and can’t wait until January  2014 when UP FROM THE GRAVE is due to be released. And Roxy Boroughs can write anything from literary fiction to romantic suspense. It amazes me that she can create a sweet romantic hero, like Jimmy Frost, in Home for ChristMas, and then a chilling serial killer, like the one in A Stranger’s Kiss. Isn’t that the definition of a virtuoso–a person with exceptional skill across many areas?

Rad-Reader: Where you good at English/Writing in school?

Brenda:  My mother told me recently that I was the only one of her six children who would refuse to leave the kitchen, where she would supervise our homework,  until she had helped me find the exact word I needed to capture my story for a writing project. Apparently my imagination exceeded my vocabulary even then. LOL

Rad-Reader: Are you in any writing groups?  Do you use long hand, computer. Typewriter, or dictate it?

Brenda:  I’ve been attached to a computer for too many years to count—I don’t think I know what to do with a pen anymore. I’ve been a member of the Romance Writers of America since 1998, and the Calgary chapter (CaRWA) since its inception ten years go. I’m also a member of RWA’s Kiss of Death and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapters. For some silly reason, I didn’t pursue my writing in university – what was I thinking! – so I’ve depended on those wonderful groups to teach me everything I need to know about the writing craft and the publishing industry. I’d be lost without their expertise, support and friendship.  Rad-Reader:  As a person who grew up with paranormal activity in our home and have esp and and a long line of family members with it, it is hard for me to read about it.  I can live it just can't read about it.  I know I am weird, been told that my whole life.  LOL :D
Rad-Reader:  What about your characters?  Are any of them real?  You know based on real people you’ve known or at least some of their traits?

Brenda:  Most of my characters come to me in my dreams fairly well formed so I wouldn’t say they are real. But certainly I am a people watcher so I’m sure my subconscious is pulling in traits and mannerisms that I’ve observed. I’m also a research hound. While Joey Frost’s actions are her own in The Holly and The Ivy, I relied heavily on Officer Devon McCrea of the Polson (MT) Police Department to make sure Joey didn’t stretch police procedures beyond the breaking point. And I suspect that the characters are often reflecting some facet of my own personality, for better or for worse.

Rad-Reader:  What made you want to be a part of this trilogy series?

Brenda:  That’s an easy one – CJ Carmichael and Roxy Boroughs. Those two are amazing authors and I was thrilled and honored that they wanted a newbie like me to join them on this project. They were so supportive and encouraging as we developed the through-plot of the abandoned baby mystery, and we had a hoot for a week doing the continuity revisions together at Carla’s place in Montana. My writing has grown so much through this experience,  I can’t thank them enough for including me.


Rad-Reader:  Is there more you want to do with the story that you could not fit into the three books? Do you think or did all the characters say what they needed to say or will there be a reunion?

Brenda:  Funny you should ask-the three of us got together for lunch to discuss our launch plans and started talking about our secondary characters. We each had come up more story ideas before we’d even launched the first three! We haven’t made a decision yet to move on our ideas so let’s see if the readers have a few suggests before we tell you who caught our attention, shall we? Rad-Reader: No question whatsoever.  You have to at the very least have a reunion.  We have to know if everyone ended up doing what they were meant to do and if the towns people they were helping made it too.

Rad-Reader:  Tell us about your cover.  How did you select it?  How important do you think it is to the sale of your book?

Brenda:  A book cover is your critical first impression to your reader. It has to leap out to your reader yelling, “I’m the book you want to read!” For A FROST FAMILY CHRISTMAS series, CJ, Roxy and I nearly drove our cover artist crazy trying to find exactly the right set of covers that would convey the heartwarming, New England romantic holiday nature of our trilogy. We had the added challenge, because we were indie publishing, of needing covers that would still be clear and readable when shrunk to a 1” by 2” thumbnail on Amazon. We think we succeeded on all counts but would love to hear from our readers’ opinion on that.

Rad-Reader:  Was Christmas important to you or was it a was it just another day?  Any traditions like the Frost family?

Brenda:  Christmas was HUGE in my family! I don’t think my mother got to bed on Christmas Eve until the last of her children moved out of the house! She blamed it on having to get ready for Christmas Day, but personally, I think she just got too excited to sleep. She even started a tradition called the Christmas Ball, that’s still in play (pun intended) to this day within the extended family across North America. She uses paper streamers, coins and dollar store trinkets– she writes funny verse for each ‘prize’. After the big family dinner, we pass the Ball around the table and each person reads their verse, and opens the prize. New rules have evolved over the years, like if the streamer breaks, it’s bad luck, and, as more of us moved farther away, whoever gets the $1 coin has to write the thank you note to Mom. She’s 88 years old this year and still makes one for each of us and several of our first cousins’ families – so we’re all wrapped together in streamers on Christmas Day!

Rad-Reader:  How many books do you have out?  What is your newest book that is out?

Brenda:  I’ve published a sweet paranormal romance, WITCH IN THE WIND and a sweet romance anthology called STORIES OF CHANCE ROMANCE with Roxy Borough, for which all author proceeds are donated to the fight against breast cancer. 
 Rad-Reader:  This is my second year cancer free from thyroid cancer stage one and I want to thank you for all cancer patients out there this is so nice of you both to do.

I’ve just released a sweet holiday romance, The Holly & The Ivy (A Frost Family Christmas - Book Three). It’s one of three heartwarming stories that take place in the fictional town of Carol Falls, Vermont in December. Each novella is a complete romance, with a mystery running through all three books that is resolved in my story.

Book 1: “What Child is This” by C.J. Carmichael -http://amzn.com/B00FJFULYQ
Book 2: “Home for Christmas” by Roxy Boroughs -http://amzn.com/B00FIO7D3A
Book 3: “The Holly & the Ivy” by Brenda M. Collins - http://amzn.com/B00FZUI2C8

Rad-Reader:  Finally: How can we get in touch with you

Brenda:  Here are all my links . . .

Brenda’s website: www.brendamcollins.com.





Thanks again for having me today. It’s been great fun!
We thank you for being here with us!!!

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ALEXANDERS

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ALEXANDERS                    M. MALONE
Posted:  Nov. 15, 2013


Christmas with The Alexanders by M. Malone  This was one short but sweet Christmas story.  It was however a teaser leading into the January release of the full love story of Eli and Kaylee.  It does have all the things you want a true Christmas story to have.
     It has love, family, emotions, suspense, and the unknown.  Most of all it has you smiling just like all of the other Alexander family books.  You still feel the family closeness and love.
     Kaylee and Eli’s relationship has been anything but smooth due to their age difference he is 30 and she is just past her teens.  But, being an unwed mother and being in the music industry has made her more mature beyond her years.  She has lived through a lot that even Eli’s family is protective of her.  So, when they see that he has an eye for her they want to know what his intentions are toward her.
You see Eli used to be known as the ladies’ man but he has grown tired of that lifestyle and wants to settle down and Kaylee is who his heart has fallen for as hers has.
     Minx has you pulling your focus in tighter on this couple for this Christmas story but don’t thing that the rest of the family is not far behind and some fun news is revealed.  A lot happens in this short so you will not be disappointed but you will be asking for more.  I was saying, “What?  No, it can’t end there!  What happens?”  I can’t wait till January!!!
MY REVIEW:


This was one short but sweet Christmas story.  It was however a teaser leading into the January release of the full love story of Eli and Kaylee.  It does have all the things you want a true Christmas story to have.

     It has love, family, emotions, suspense, and the unknown.  Most of all it has you smiling just like all of the other Alexander family books.  You still feel the family closeness and love.

     Kaylee and Eli’s relationship has been anything but smooth due to their age difference he is 30 and she is just past her teens.  But, being an unwed mother and being in the music industry has made her more mature beyond her years.  She has lived through a lot that even Eli’s family is protective of her.  So, when they see that he has an eye for her they want to know what his intentions are toward her.

You see Eli used to be known as the ladies’ man but he has grown tired of that lifestyle and wants to settle down and Kaylee is who his heart has fallen for as hers has.

     Minx has you pulling your focus in tighter on this couple for this Christmas story but don’t thing that the rest of the family is not far behind and some fun news is revealed.  A lot happens in this short so you will not be disappointed but you will be asking for more.  I was saying, “What?  No, it can’t end there!  What happens?”  I can’t wait till January!!!

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