We Live To Honor Them
We Live to Honor Them
Image Size: 25″ x 12 1/2"
250 Publisher Proof Edition of 250
This painting portrays the Battle of IA DRANG Valley, the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese forces. In 1965, the United States escalated their involvement in the Southeast Asia conflict, catapulting the country into one of its longest and deadliest wars. On this November morning, Lieutenant Colonel Harold G. “Hal” Moore’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry conducted an assault by helicopter into Landing Zone X-Ray in the IA DRANG Valley, known as the Valley of Death. Using 16 Huey Helicopters, Moore and his men landed in LZ X-Ray, north of Chu Pong Mountain. They would be reinforced by elements of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry and 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry. After an hour on the ground, the 7th Cavalry began taking enemy fire. Despite continued air support, artillery, and aerial rocket fire, the enemy continued their attempt to overpower them with sheer numbers into the thousands. However, Moore knew his life line was the Huey’s which continued to resupply them with ammunition and reinforcements from 2-7 CAV and 1-5 CAV, while also evacuating casualties from the battlefield.
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