Thursday, September 11, 2008

I know you want my autograph!

Remember last week when I posted about Joe Galloway? Well here is an article from the Post newspaper that came out today.

‘A Hell of a Journey’: Joe Galloway releases new book from the battlefields of Ia DrangBy Pfc. Phillip Turner, 1st Cav. Div. PAO

Joe Galloway, co-author of the New York Times Best Seller “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young” (1992), visited Soldiers and Families Sept. 3 at Fort Hood’s Clear Creek Post Exchange to sign his new book “We are Soldiers Still … A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.”

Galloway had an attentive ear while he signed books.“This was really cool,” said Nadine Albrecht, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Albrecht, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “It was nice to come here and have (Galloway) sign our books, and he spoke with my husband on the phone from Iraq, so it was very special,” she added.Galloway has been considered by many at the forefront of war correspondence for more than 20 years.In his newest book written with longtime friend Hal Moore, Galloway revisits the Valley of Ia Drang, and the battlefields that claimed the lives of so many brave young men of the U.S. Army and The Peoples Army of Vietnam.

For Galloway, one of the most touching and remarkable parts of ‘We are Soldiers Still’ is the relationship the men who were once enemies take on as they walk the valley’s haunting battlefields.“This was a hell of a journey, on so many levels.” Galloway said. “To be able to stand there on that ground with the guys we did our everloving best to kill, and they us; and find thirty years later, that maybe we had more in common with our old enemies than any Soldier has with any civilian, of this or any other country.”“We were on the bus with these guys day after day, and the longer we talked to them … it just was fascinating; to be able to roll out your maps and take out your journal, and say ‘Why did you do that? Why didn’t you do this? Do you know that the entire rear of our perimeter was wide open that first day?’“The chance to dive into your enemies mind, into his plans, into his commands is remarkable, and is a great deal of the story we tell (in We are Soldiers Still),” he said.

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