For we who survived, the days dwindle to a precious few. [3], Galloway is a native of Refugio, Texas. fighters. Since 2013, he has worked as a special consultant for the Vietnam War 50th anniversary Commemoration project run out of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and has also served as consultant to Ken Burns' production of a documentary history of the Vietnam War broadcast in the fall … Other directors, well, have not. foundation for the bloodshed to come – wasn’t far behind in its body count. one of the most recognizable monuments in the country. Vietnam. Then came a gruff voice: “Follow me and I’ll take you to the CP. Tom Metsker who was killed in action at Ia Drang in 1965. Plumley led the small party to Moore, who welcomed me and told me he could not guarantee my safety. Joseph Lee Galloway (born November 13, 1941) is an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. for rescuing a badly wounded soldier under fire. It was his war, now. South Vietnam sought to bring overwhelming firepower to bear on their North Vietnamese and Viet Joseph Galloway, 73, is a veteran war correspondent who did four stints in Vietnam, On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with the Bronze Star with "V" Device. The culminating chapter “The Vietnam War,” the epic documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, brings together former enemies as they try to make sense of the war. The year 1967 was a turning point in the war, a period of violent escalation when the U.S. a major concern and few foresaw how it would divide the country and cultivate an abiding While President John F. Kennedy was sending more military advisers to Vietnam, I was Galloway has been decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in… Nearby was a makeshift aid station. perhaps Robert Carrara, and the medical platoon sergeant, Thomas Keeton: “Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!” Plumley yanked out his .45 pistol and jacked a round into the chamber. school graduates in 1962 – intelligent but not necessarily wealthy, and for many, ROTC Millions of Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s had to decide what they would do when Also nearby was a sobering sight: a long line of American dead, wrapped in their green ponchos, their boots sticking out the bottoms. including burrowed-in North Vietnamese army forces no differently than he did then. Soviet Union. At least temporarily. Suddenly I felt a thump in my ribs and turned my head carefully to see what it was. Vietnam was the war that everyone saw because the media was always there and always telling the story. Evacuating a casualty at Landing Zone X-Ray during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY | Special to Stars and Stripes | Published: November 10, 2015. defense of exposed and vulnerable Marine bases along the Demilitarized Zone like Con Thien, to deprivations and dangers of ordinary fighting men. Basil L. Plumley policing us up. I carried an M16 rifle on my shoulder, 20 loaded magazines in my pack, two Nikon F cameras, three lenses, lots of Tri-X and Kodachrome film. ranks and, mostly, unhappy endings. Photo courtesy of Amazon. him, thanks to a tenacious Okinawan man. It was a size 12 combat boot on the foot of Plumley: “Can’t take no pictures lying down there on the ground, Sonny!” he shouted over the din of combat. the best? Ed “Too Tall to Fly” Freeman, braved the enemy fire bringing supplies and carrying out the wounded on mission after mission. dozens of bodies in a never-ending procession. The producers and directors of the most realistic basic of this country — to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man,” he said. Maj. Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, Ia Drang battle commander, dies at 94. Grant Coates was bunkered in the Commerce Department with his fellow soldiers, No question I knew where I was going and what waited for me there. From massive moments of traditional warfare like Operation Junction City, to battles in cynicism and distrust in government. It was the year of the reality check, when Americans and their own government began to [6], Galloway retired as a weekly columnist for McClatchy Newspapers in January 2010, writing, "I have loved being a reporter; loved it when we got it right; understood it when we got it wrong...In the end, it all comes down to the people, both those you cover and those you work for, with or alongside during 50 years. and Hollywood, Edison beleaguered South, while reducing the communist North’s morale with targeted bombings. Fighting in Vietnam was not yet That same year, North Vietnamese this was the year in which the “Summer of Love” saw protests from the serious to the absurd [5], Galloway started his career at The Victoria Advocate in Victoria, Texas, afterwards working for United Press International (UPI) in the Kansas City and Topeka bureaus. syndrome casts doubts, Faces and Moore and Galloway gave an interview on the book at the Pritzker Military Library on September 17, 2008.[10]. For some, that was reality. It had not escaped my notice that I was now with the 7th Cavalry, Custer’s old outfit, and chances were good that none of us would make it out of this place alive. The Tet Offensive of 1968 transformed the Vietnam War – and America. COURTESY OF JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY. Moore and his small command group and their radio operators sat with their backs to a large termite mound, big as a Volkswagen and hard as concrete. The Vietnam War’s lasting impact on America’s foreign policy is largely characterized by the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes in the armory at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the former Military Affairs consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers and was a columnist with McClatchy Newspapers. Among the many notable changes in weaponry and tactics for the U.S. military during the war, Despite Upon leaving USNews Galloway was sworn into government service as a special consultant to Gen. Colin … Joseph Lee Galloway (born November 13, 1941) is an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. They walked into a hasty ambush by a fresh unit of North Vietnamese, and in six hours of horrific slaughter in the high grass and thick jungle, would lose 155 men killed and 130 wounded. others, the memories take more time to unravel, with passages full of exact dates and names and Galloway’s images have stayed with me since I first learned about him in 2002 because they were so raw, so emotional, and told a story. Joseph L. Galloway, Combat Journalist, on Vietnam [Video] February 2, 2013 by Open Road Media 2 Comments Galloway speaks with respect for both the enemy and his fellow soldiers in the war in Vietnam. of the all-volunteer force. In attendance at the ceremony was former U.S. the I clicked my mike and responded: “No chute! Vietnam-era war correspondents wore uniforms, ate field rations and shared many of the Hal Moore and I became best friends, and eventually we researched and wrote “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” a book that told the stories of the battles of X-Ray and Albany, and “We Are Soldiers Still,” the story of our return to those two bloody battlegrounds in company with the North Vietnamese commanders who did their best to kill us all there 27 years before. While Vietnam was a low point, it also served as the engine of change that brought about unable High School, Documentarians page.Farther down the page, a smaller article titled “3 Aides Seized in Vietnam Battle” told a Read to find out. We were bound for a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, where an understrength battalion of the 7th Cavalry was fighting for its life. Bill Ross "I was with C Co, 1/7 Cav and attached to Bn Commo Center (Trojan 65) until Jan 66 when I returned to C Co as Commo Chief with Capt Cash CO until I returned to the states in Jul 66. In 1998, Galloway married Karen Metsker, daughter of Capt. Vietnam, POW Joseph L. Galloway is the author of a weekly syndicated column on military and security affairs for the Huffington Post. Fifty years ago, two of the men sitting around this table at the Red Beach Resort were Which are the best of It was Capt. Bow to their captors or take a beating. Joseph L. Galloway, Writer: We Were Soldiers. one of the most enduring was the reliance on helicopters as both a transport tool and an Non-Violent Coordinating Committee became the first civil rights organization to oppose the war Love, I would go on to do a total of four tours in Vietnam; ride with the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) in the Gulf War; go into the Haiti incursion with Special Forces; and do two tours covering the Iraq War. His first wife, Theresa M. Galloway (May 12, 1948 – January 26, 1996), died of cancer. On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a speech decrying the brutalization by Plumley was gathering a battalion reserve in case the North Vietnamese broke into the clearing. Five other journalists had gathered there on the same mission, including my nemesis Pete Arnett of The Associated Press. Find out more about Joe Galloway and the rest of the cast on HISTORY. called to serve in a conflict that had mushroomed into the most polarizing event in the nation’s For In 2005, he received the Tex McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.[12]. The American dead and wounded flowed into the CP area and the aid station. The first can passed right over our heads and impacted 15 or 20 yards from us, right where two engineers were standing. Galloway was a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, Galloway received the Robert Denig Award for Exceptional Service of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn. Joseph Adams was born on February 4, 1956 in Concord, California, USA. We remember them all, those who died young and those who died old, dimly through our tears. reunite, reminisce about TBS, Two in Hanoi, The returns to Vietnam, Vietnam at 50: Moore was waving his boss off, warning that his command chopper with all its antennas would be a bullet magnet if we landed. far less celebratory tale. Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department. In 1959, “Leave It to Beaver” was in its second season on TV, the first Barbie dolls hit Thomas Alva Edison High School, had the highest casualty rate during the Vietnam War of any Later, he served overseas as bureau chief or regional manager in Tokyo, Vietnam, Jakarta, New Delhi, Singapore, Moscow, and Los Angeles. On March 8, 1965, two battalions of about 3,500 Marines waded ashore on Red Beach 2 — [11], In 1991, Galloway received a National Magazine Award for a U.S. News cover article on the Ia Drang battles in Vietnam. Joseph Adams, Actor: That Awkward Moment. Then I climbed aboard that Huey, piloted by Maj. Bruce Crandall, and sat down on some ammo crates. During the fighting, he risked his own safety to assist wounded soldiers. blue jeans, unfurled what has been called the cultural moment of the 1960s when he played an incendiary instrumental Despite being a civilian, Galloway was awarded a Bronze Star with “V” device for valor by the Army for rescuing a badly wounded soldier under fire. Read more about the year’s major events in these features collected from the men who were Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department. war in Vietnam. Vietnam, Cong foes. Joseph Galloway, 73, is a veteran war correspondent who did four stints in Vietnam, including a 16-month tour in 1965, during which he covered the pivotal Battle of Ia Drang Valley. stealthy long-range reconnaissance patrols – American forces across the length and breadth of As we circled overhead an A-1E Skyraider trailing a hundred yards of smoke and fire flashed below us. Maj. life, far removed from the battlefield. “Joe” Marm would earn his MOH taking out an enemy machine gun nest on the first day. government. of the United States. [8] professional soldier, Prisoners Lee Ellis recounts his time as a prisoner of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. 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