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Free “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing

Date(s): 11/6/2014

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Veterans Memorial Hall 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101
Free “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing
with Joseph L. Galloway

Who: Winnebago County Veterans Association, Veterans Memorial Hall,

Where: Veterans Memorial Hall 211 N. Main St. Rockford IL

When: Thursday November 6th 2014 5:00 PM

What: “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing with
Joseph L. Galloway

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101, will open its doors at 5 p.m. for a free showing of We Were Soldiers and a book signing by Mr. Galloway. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be available for purchase along with Mr. Galloway's book “We Were Soldiers Once and Young”.

Joseph L. Galloway, who co-authored with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore the national best seller “We Were Soldiers Once and Young” which was made into the critically acclaimed movie “We Were Soldiers Once” starring Mel Gibson, will be in attendance and available to sign purchased copies of his book. Joseph L. Galloway was one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century. During the course of 15 years of foreign postings—including assignments in Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union--Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations. In 2013 Military History magazine polled 50 leading historians to choose the Ten Greatest Books Ever Written on War. “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young” was among those ten books.
Why: In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the La Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by two thousand North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was massacred. Together, these actions constitute one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War, one in which Americans faced what seemed to be certain destruction. Moore and Joe Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there. How these heroes persevered makes a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring.
Scott Lewandowski 815.969.1999

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