We Were Soldiers – …Once and Young


I first saw this on a weekend. My wife had been on a bit of a kick every Sunday we would watch a movie with the kids, then later one we wanted to watch. A number of reasons eventually caused it to be called War Movie Sunday… including fighting with the kids to get them to do things so we could watch a movie. We Were Soldiers was for just us to  watch and I think started us using the in house War Movie Sunday reference.

The odd title for this blog is because after watching this I was curious and went and bought myself a copy of the book, “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young” – Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway. Mel Gibson played the then Lt. Colonel Hal Moore, and Barry Pepper played Joe Galloway. I have to say, when first watching this and then when I realized it happened… my attitude changed. It’s a great action packed film… but if for just a moment you can imagine, those people lived and died at Ia Drang. It hasn’t been spruced up or changed to make it more of a movie magic moment so the actors you see die, represent soldiers who did die. I’m not trying to convince you not to watch this, it is a fantastic film I just want you to know what it is you are watching.

I’ll leave out my Quote this time since to be honest, I can’t specifically remember one, even after reading some of them to try and jog my memory. Usually the ones I put here are things I say 🙂 In this case… There is a running quote between Plumley and a Soldier involving it being a good morning… Watch the film and see.

3 Comments on “We Were Soldiers – …Once and Young

  1. This might sound silly, but my favorite W movie is “Warriors of Virtue.” Think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles only the martial artists are wearing kangaroo costumes in an alternate universe. Sounds goofy, but the story is based on Taoist principles and works really well.

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  2. This is the rare movie that I have watched more than once. I’m not a Mel Gibson fan, but I absolutely loved this movie. I think about it often. And the title is exquisite the way it is spelled out. We were soldiers once … and young. It makes you think about the two phrases separately, and then as one. Everything about this is pure gold in my mind. Feel like watching it again right now. Thanks for this post.

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