Today at the PX there was a book signing for the book We are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam . Joseph Galloway was the one there to sign the book. If you have never heard of the movie We Were Soldiers, you should go out and rent it...better yet, go to the library and check out the book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young: IA Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam. This is one of my favorite military history books and the movie is also one of my fave war movies.
Over 12 years ago, when we were stationed at Fort Campbell, KY LTG (Ret) Moore went to the PX there and signed the first book. When I found out that they were coming to sign their second book, I knew I had to be there (and luckily since I wrote down the wrong date on the class yesterday..see previous entry, I was able to go). Sadly, the advertising sucked because it made it sound like they would both be there when in actuality it was just Joe Galloway. But that was ok. If you don't know who he is, google his name. Just to give you a brief summary, Mr. Galloway served as a combat correspondent during Vietnam and spent more time in combat situations than a lot of Soldiers. His pictures have been seen all over the world. He still writes today and sometimes you can catch his articles in the Stars and Stripes (and other places I can't remember).
Anyway, there I was at the PX waiting in line just like many others. Kevin called me while I was in line and was extremely annoyed by the lady in front of me, he said she was talking so loud, he thought she was on the phone with him, lol. I wanted to assure him that she was as loud as her hair and outfit were but I was polite, lol.
When it was my turn in line, I set the phone down on the table and handed Mr. Galloway my books to sign. He looked at my phone and I mentioned that it was my husband calling from Iraq. He quickly picked it up saying.."Kev, this is Joe Galloway, how are you doing? He continued to chat with him for 2-3 minutes. I was so overwhelmed with emotion that he would be so kind to take a few minutes to make Kevin's day like that. As he finished signing our books, he looked up at me and said, make sure you tell him I send him my best wishes and to be safe. I shook his hand and went on my way.