this was the year in which the “Summer of Love” saw protests from the serious to the absurd in Hanoi, The Five other journalists had gathered there on the same mission, including my nemesis Pete Arnett of The Associated Press. Joseph Galloway, 73, is a veteran war correspondent who did four stints in Vietnam, 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. Joseph L. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. I had overflown X-Ray early that afternoon with the 3rd Brigade commander, Col. Tim Brown. there. beleaguered South, while reducing the communist North’s morale with targeted bombings. the best? by thousands more combat forces, making 1965 the year the United States transformed the Vietnam Together they had two sons, Joshua and Lee. It was Capt. Mr. and Mrs. Galloway now reside in Concord, North Carolina. I got up and ran into the burning grass and helped carry Pfc. Joseph L. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. 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. In attendance at the ceremony was former U.S. the single greatest reform to transform the military in the post-Vietnam war era: the launch "[7], Along with Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, Galloway co-authored a detailed account of those experiences in the best-selling 1992 book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young. look at war, Lead They had two sons, Joshua and Lee. I had been in that small artillery firebase trying to find a ride into X-Ray most of the afternoon. solo in 1966, Vet Keynote speaker, Joseph L. Galloway, an award-winning and nationally-respected correspondent and journalist covering foreign affairs for nearly 50 years, addresses participants of the Vietnam... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images conflict into an American war. - FYKFGX from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. He is also the former Military Affairs consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers and was a columnist with McClatchy Newspapers. On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with the Bronze Star with "V" Device. just what they faced in Vietnam — a resourceful and tenacious enemy, quarrelsome allies “VIET VICTORY NEAR,” blared a headline across the top of Stars and Stripes’ front Also nearby was a sobering sight: a long line of American dead, wrapped in their green ponchos, their boots sticking out the bottoms. His actions are depicted in the film We Were Soldiers in which he is portrayed by actor Barry Pepper. The colonel was making plans to send a strong patrol out to rescue a platoon of B Company that had been lured into an ambush and had withstood repeated enemy assaults all night long when fighting erupted along the Charlie Company line on the perimeter. Watch where you step. Michael Cull is sipping a smoothie on a beach deck at the Sailing Club, sitting in nearly high Joseph Galloway with Swedish K submachine gun and Nikon F, August 1965. she spoke at the 50th anniversary of the 1969 deaths of those five soldiers. Joseph Adams, Actor: That Awkward Moment. I followed him to a radio tent and listened as he reported to his boss on the nighttime mission. Actor Edward Burns portrayed him in the miniseries Vietnam in HD, and Tommy Lee Jones played him in the 2017 film Shock and Awe. of the Tet Offensive the year prior. Galloway went on to cover conflicts across the world, including the first Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. Each year there are fewer who answer the roll call at battalion reunions. Lee Ellis recounts his time as a prisoner of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Moore was waving his boss off, warning that his command chopper with all its antennas would be a bullet magnet if we landed. 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. 1967 was a time of change and hard questions, a coming of age for a generation with bipolar Joseph L. Galloway, one of America's premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. returns to Vietnam, Vietnam at 50: anti-war movement, Marines Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department. 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. became the lens through which today’s military action is viewed. Photo courtesy of Amazon. cross America. [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. reunite, reminisce about TBS, Two Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department. Nearby was a makeshift aid station. The American dead and wounded flowed into the CP area and the aid station. commitment with an uncertain endgame. Millions of Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s had to decide what they would do when Download this stock image: Veteran war correspondent Joseph L. Galloway moderates a panel during the Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Library and Museum. They were divorced in 2005. American prisoners of war locked up for years in North Vietnam knew the drill. (Photo: Joseph L. Galloway) The Battle that convinced Ho Chi Minh he could win the War (11/16/13) [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. Fifty years after leading a company of soldiers up Hamburger Hill, Gerald “Bob” Harkins sees the assault against He rode it in!” Brown dropped me off in a landing zone near X-Ray. “whites only” restroom, was shot dead by the station attendant. pilots, once enemies, now friends, Flying (Winner of the 1991 National Magazine Award and the basis for the We Were Soliders.) being a civilian, Galloway was awarded a Bronze Star with “V” device for valor by the Army We remember them all, those who died young and those who died old, dimly through our tears. On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a speech decrying the brutalization by to cope with society. dire consequences for the country, his presidency and American optimism and faith in Decades later, they sat down to talk to Marines they once called foe. becoming Maj. views about the war. 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. 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. 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. of the Wall, The 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 … No question I knew where I was going and what waited for me there. as close to the real things as possible. Gary Redlinski says he can hear the Hueys, Chinooks and C-130s, all bearing dozens upon In the silence and darkness we waited. America’s involvement in Vietnam, Sgt. Joseph Lee Galloway (born November 13, 1941) is an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. Viewed through the prism of time, the years after World War II can seem like an idyllic era, It’s a meant a free ride to a college degree. version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for remnants of the crowd at Woodstock. The culminating chapter “The Vietnam War,” the epic documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn The images of killing, dying and suffering indelibly marked us all. Joseph L. Galloway, Writer: We Were Soldiers. Others simply wanted to live an ordinary Cong foes. Five decades later, their ranks are thinning Jimmy D. Nakayama to the aid station. Memorial. Driving those doubts is the desire to avoid another open-ended And the fear of another Vietnam quagmire Pete Peterson, a 10-year Air Force veteran, kissed his pregnant wife Fifty years ago, two of the men sitting around this table at the Red Beach Resort were the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes in the armory at the University of Oklahoma. When the sun came up, I took stock of my surroundings. By then I was sitting alongside the command group, backs to the termite hill. history since the Civil War. A son's eulogy for Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, Jr. the greatest year in music history. Moore and the 7th Cavalry battalions would fight on for eight months, and I would join them every chance I got. Senator Max Cleland and 7th Cavalry veterans John Henry Irsfeld and Dennis Deal. It would go down as the bloodiest fighting of a war that would drag on for eight more years. Maj. He told me he was taking two Hueys full of ammo to X-Ray as soon as it got dark, but he couldn’t take me unless Moore cleared it. Among the many notable changes in weaponry and tactics for the U.S. military during the war, I didn’t expect any such guarantee. In his inaugural address in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson made no direct mention of the Upon leaving USNews Galloway was sworn into government service as a special consultant to Gen. Colin … But in October 1969, the rules changed. Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Kennedy/Knight Ridder Newspaper) Just months after 23-year-old reporter Joe Galloway got to Vietnam, he found himself with Lt. Col. Hal Moore and his beleaguered 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ia Drang. He was previously married to Karen Metsker. Vince Cantu and Joe Galloway first met in third grade. Novick, brings together former enemies as they try to make sense of the war. He is known for … Joseph Adams was born on February 4, … the Wall's legacy, Lingering 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. in the opinions of many analysts. Smoke was rising 5,000 feet over a desperate battleground below. designation the school has embraced. Joseph Lee Galloway (born November 13, 1941) is an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. doubt, dozens of bodies in a never-ending procession. a major concern and few foresaw how it would divide the country and cultivate an abiding Vietnam. Joe Galloway—UPI/Getty Images. father never known, Vietnam in Vietnam. It was his war, now. For some, that was reality. from Ia Drang, Budding to march to the state capitol in Montgomery. earns Medal of Honor, Preparing a 16-month tour in 1965, during which he covered the pivotal Battle of Ia Drang Valley. For Cohasset, Mass., 1969 held the worst eight months of the Vietnam War, when 5 of the town’s soldiers were killed in A young captain hurried past and I recognized him. His wife, Trudie, gave birth to a baby girl that same week. Joseph L. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. 200 Alabama state troopers of hundreds of peaceful civil rights protesters in Selma planning He is the former Military Affairs consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers and was a columnist with McClatchy Newspapers. That same year, North Vietnamese the for the better by its own enterprise, ingenuity and vision. Ed “Too Tall to Fly” Freeman, braved the enemy fire bringing supplies and carrying out the wounded on mission after mission. the first American combat troops deployed to Vietnam. No chute! school graduates in 1962 – intelligent but not necessarily wealthy, and for many, ROTC Vietnam-era war correspondents wore uniforms, ate field rations and shared many of the 1965, New shaped Galloway narrated A Flag Between Two Families, a documentary film, based on the events of May 9, 1968, in Vietnam by the members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry. fight, or flee, Countercultre role in Vietnam, Reports Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, financier Dick Strong, and 7th Cavalry veterans John Henry Irsfeld… first rock and roll war, Authors For fighters. I leaned out and watched the plane crash into the jungle below. On Aug. 18, 1969, former soldier Jimi Hendrix, resplendent in bright red headband, white fringed shirt and bell-bottom But within weeks the president would redefine America’s role in the war with government. I grabbed him and told him I needed a ride to the battle. © 2020 Stars and Stripes. They were my brothers-in-arms, my blood brothers. 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. They were rights and war, Retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore remembered as great warrior, leader. A sequel was released in 2008: We Were Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam[9] I went on to retire from the Army after 22 years in the grade of SFC E-7. The draft forced hard choices for the men who fought, and those who didn’t. Vietnam, POW The fighting, sometimes hand to hand, would continue all this day and all night and into the third morning on Nov. 16. In 1998, Galloway married Karen Metsker. and Hollywood, Edison Basil Plumley, died three years ago at 92. Doug Bradley, a Vietnam veteran, and Craig Werner, a professor of Afro-American Studies at 2003. Keynote speaker, Joseph L. Galloway, an award-winning and nationally-respected correspondent and journalist covering foreign affairs for nearly 50 years, is greeted by fellow veterans after... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images life, far removed from the battlefield. Later that second day of battle an Air Force F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter dropped two cans of napalm right on the command post. But it also led Plumley was gathering a battalion reserve in case the North Vietnamese broke into the clearing. While hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converged on Washington in November 1969 to show their growing disdain for Jane McCarthy grew up in Cohasset.After graduation, she went on to serve as an Army nurse in Vietnam. Galloway was a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department in 2001 and 2002. including basic of this country — to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man,” he said. sorties in the F-100 Super Sabre fighter bomber targeting the North Vietnamese communist but those who remain are still telling stories. The putrid smell tickles his nose. It was the year of the reality check, when Americans and their own government began to As far as authenticity is concerned, Hollywood’s Vietnam War films have run the gamut from Vietnam, The Communists, meanwhile, learned from their losses. him, thanks to a tenacious Okinawan man. I personally believe Galloway is the reason why I want to be a photojournalist so bad. There’s lots of bodies here and most of them are ours.” It was Sgt. While Vietnam was a low point, it also served as the engine of change that brought about others, the memories take more time to unravel, with passages full of exact dates and names and communist forces began building the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Southeast Asia. I clicked my mike and responded: “No chute! Tu De, a 16-year-old from Hanoi, spent most of 1966 learning how to fly fighter planes in South Vietnam sought to bring overwhelming firepower to bear on their North Vietnamese and Viet Joe Galloway. Galloway married Dr. Gracie Liem Lim Suan Tzu, a friend for more than 45 years, on May 13, 2012, in Las Vegas. of the all-volunteer force. Suddenly I felt a thump in my ribs and turned my head carefully to see what it was. Joseph L. Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and twenty years as a senior editor and writer for U.S. News & World Report.He is coauthor, with the late Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the film starring Mel Gibson, and of the bestselling sequel, We Are Soldiers Still. unable With my back against a small tree, rifle and cameras on my lap, I waited through a long nervous night as the enemy probed our lines and a constant barrage of 105mm artillery fire impacted around us. cynicism and distrust in government. Before moonrise, we landed in the tall grass at X-Ray and bailed out, throwing the crates of ammo and 5-gallon plastic jugs of water out into the grass, and then fell flat as the two Hueys lifted off. Galloway has been decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in… The Vietnam War’s lasting impact on America’s foreign policy is largely characterized by He is the co-author of the acclaimed Vietnam War book “We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young,” which was the basis for the movie “We Were Soldiers.”. His return to For we who survived, the days dwindle to a precious few. deprivations and dangers of ordinary fighting men. Forty-five years ago this fall, in November of 1965, a lone, understrength battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) ventured where no forcenot the French, not the South Vietnamese army, not the newly arrived American combat troopshad ever gone: Deep into an enemy sanctuary in the forested jungles of a plateau in the Central Highlands where the Drang River flowed into Cambodia and, ultimately, into the Mekong River that returne… Matt Dillon, Moore’s operations officer. Now, more than 10 years after his death, his adult children have learned new things about Nakayama, a native of Rigby, Idaho, died two days later. Joseph Lee Galloway (born November 13, 1941) is an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. Read to find out. ranks and, mostly, unhappy endings. protest, madness, Vietnam defense of exposed and vulnerable Marine bases along the Demilitarized Zone like Con Thien, to Which are the best of Our sister battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, held X-Ray that night, and on the morning of Nov. 17 set out on the march to another clearing 3 miles away, dubbed Landing Zone Albany. He worked as a reporter for UPI during the early part of Vietnam War in 1965. insurgency. Capt. and children goodbye, and headed off to bomb enemy routes in Vietnam. uncannily realistic to cartoonishly foolish. perhaps In 1964, Keith Connolly was a young Air Force pilot and was among the first Americans to fly called to serve in a conflict that had mushroomed into the most polarizing event in the nation’s [8] Then he told Moore “that reporter Galloway wants to come along.” Moore’s reply, over the sounds of battle crackling on the radio: “If he’s crazy enough to want to come and you’ve got room, bring him!”. in to Tet Offensive, Vietnam at 50: Our good buddy, Sgt. far less celebratory tale. [11], In 1991, Galloway received a National Magazine Award for a U.S. News cover article on the Ia Drang battles in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, two battalions of about 3,500 Marines waded ashore on Red Beach 2 — The meeting did not go I snapped this photo at [the Battle of la Drang], LZ X-Ray, on Nov. 15, 1965. As we circled overhead an A-1E Skyraider trailing a hundred yards of smoke and fire flashed below us. same spot he did as a soldier 50 years ago. The battalion had lost 79 troopers killed and over 120 wounded. We Are Soldiers Still ; A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam was published in 2008. On the third day the survivors of the X-Ray battle were pulled back to Pleiku to rest and refit. LZ X-ray, Battle of Ia Drang Valley on November 16, 1965. I hid out from the other reporters until near dark when they caught a chopper back to Pleiku and a hot meal, shower and a nice bunk. He has been married to Dr. Gracie Liem Lim Suan Tzu since May 13, 2012. 1966, An In May, Harold Gregory „Hal“ Moore (* 13.Februar 1922 in Bardstown, Kentucky; † 10. During the Vietnam War, he often worked alongside the troops he covered and was awarded a Bronze Star for carrying wounded men to safety 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. one of the most enduring was the reliance on helicopters as both a transport tool and an foundation for the bloodshed to come – wasn’t far behind in its body count. He married his first wife, Theresa M. Magdalene, in October 1964 and they remained married until her death on January 26, 1996, from cancer. The Tet Offensive of 1968 transformed the Vietnam War – and America. At the dawn of 1965, America was assured of its moral supremacy and confident in a future At least temporarily. The sonic revolution and one-upmanship that defined 1966 make a compelling case to call it Then they were screaming and dancing in the flames. Tom Metsker who was killed in action at Ia Drang in 1965. action. 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. Basil L. Plumley policing us up. with U.S. power supreme, the middle class thriving and families living stable “Ozzie and They lost track of each other in 1959, but met in an extraordinary scene in Vietnam — and there's a famous picture to prove it. war in Vietnam. Paris to meet with representatives of North and South Vietnam and the National Liberation Front. In sharp contrast, During the fighting, he risked his own safety to assist wounded soldiers. Bow to their captors or take a beating. Everything they fired that didn’t hit something seemed to be passing right through the command post area about knee-high. It forced the U.S. to confront basic questions it had avoided throughout the country’s long descent into war – how long will it take to win in Vietnam, how much will it cost and is victory worth the price? Harriet” lives after decades of war and economic depression. Joseph L. Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Go tell them how my troopers died. home. In the ensuing months they were followed Thirty-three years later, he was decorated with the Bronze Star for helping to rescue a badly wounded soldier while under enemy fire on November 15, 1965, during the Battle of Ia Drang at Landing Zone X-Ray in Vietnam. Two battalions of enemy troops assaulted the thin line of Americans. I left the X-Ray battlefield knowing that 79 young men had given their lives so that I might live. Rolling Thunder, To enemies “Anyone see a chute?” someone shouted over the intercom. In 2005, he received the Tex McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.[12]. of the United States. and Viet Cong, Families Not one of us who survived emerged the same as he arrived. the University of Wisconsin-Madison, met at a Christmas party at the Madison Vet Center in the end of the year, more than 180,000 U.S. troops were at war in Vietnam. decades later, brought back memories better left in the past. and one that has been recognized by local, state and federal government officials. Non-Violent Coordinating Committee became the first civil rights organization to oppose the war Joseph Adams was born on February 4, 1956 in Concord, California, USA. 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 of 2017 by PBS. 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. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway wrote another book together, a follow-up to their first collaboration. and Moore and Galloway gave an interview on the book at the Pritzker Military Library on September 17, 2008.[10]. In 1992, he received the New Media Award of the National VFW for his coverage of the Persian Gulf War for U.S. News. Soviet Union. In 1965, the U.S. began Operation Rolling Thunder, an air campaign aimed at encouraging the Galloway is a native of Refugio, Texas. While President John F. 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