We Were Soldiers Once… and Young

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We Were Soldiers Once… and Young
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young.jpg
First edition cover, featuring Lt. Rick Rescorla
AuthorLt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway
CountryUnited States
SubjectVietnam, War
GenreHistorical Non-fiction
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
October 20, 1992
Media typeHardcover and Trade Paperback
959.704/342 20
LC ClassDS557.8.I18 M66 1992

We Were Soldiers Once… and Young is a 1992 book by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway about the Vietnam War. It focuses on the role of the First and Second Battalions of the 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, the United States' first large-unit battle of the Vietnam War; previous engagements involved small units and patrols (squad, platoon, and company sized units). It was adapted into the 2002 film We Were Soldiers.


The book was a New York Times best-seller. David Halberstam called it "A stunning achievement—paper and words with the permanence of marble. I read it and thought of The Red Badge of Courage, the highest compliment I can think of." General H. Norman Schwarzkopf said "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young is a great book of military history, written the way military history should be written."[1] Since at least 1993 the book had been on the Marine Corps Commandant's Reading List for Career Level Enlisted.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Home Page | We Were Soldiers Once... and Young". LZ X-Ray.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "REVISION OF THE COMMANDANTS PROFESSIONAL READING LIST". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Commandant's Reading List from MarineParents.com: A Place to Connect & Share". MarineParents.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.