Analysis of We Were Soldiers Once and YOung: Ia Drang The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam

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We Were Soldiers Once and Young – Ia Drang- the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, Shake Hands with the Devil and Fingerprints through Time- a History of the Guelph Police are three books that were written from the popular history perspective. The simple goal of these books were quite simple; they wanted to tell a story, educate their readers about true historical events that little knew about and to further educate them. This was written in chronological order and gives us detailed back ground leading up to the battle and the sobering aftermath.

We Were Soldiers Once and Young – Ia Drang- the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, was a result of several years of work that involved incredible research that involved first person accounts of those who fought in the battle, maps and official records, American military and ex-military members, family of the soldiers, former government officials, Vietnamese Military officials and numerous books, articles and supplemental materials.

The book has one simple goal and that is to recognize the efforts of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and to those who fought beside them in the Plieku Campaign in October and November 1965. “This story, then, is our testament and our tribute to 234 young Americans who died beside us during the four days in Landing Zone X-ray and Landing Zone Albany in the Valley of Death, 1965. ” The book begins listing the names of those who lost their lives so that their presence is forever immortalised.

Moore’s is very successful in these attempts and immediately engages the reader. He writes in the first person and although there is technical military jargon, he does not bog the reader down. Moore speaks of his men and those around h...

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...ned due to a series of “anti-police” articles and the printing of false information.
One such example was printed in the paper on Thursday, September 17, 2009. The article is not only inaccurate on numerous facts but the author too liberties to sensationalize most of the facts. Further, he did not report that when police jargon was explained such as “without incident”, he failed to accurately reflect that in his article. A simple read of this below article clearly illustrates my evaluation and observations.
On Wednesday, we published a small story about the Guelph Police Service’s tactical unit responding to what it called “a mental health crisis” in the city’s northeast corner.
Preliminary reports suggested the man, with some history of mental illness and what a police dispatcher warned was a propensity to become agitated when the man sees police, may have had

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