Quote of the Day

“When I took command of that battalion. On the first day when I stood in front of my troopers, I made a short speech. I said, ‘We are going to be the best Air Assault Infantry battalion in the world. Go back to your barracks and get rid of all second place trophies. From now on we will display and accept only first place in this battalion. I promise you that when we go into combat, I will be the first man on the ground and the last man out, and I will leave no man behind.’”

-Lt. Gen. Hal Moore at the American Veterans Center’s 2008 Conference in reference to taking command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 101st Airborne Division before the Battle of Ia Drang.

Hal Moore signing books at the American Veterans Center's 2008 Conference

Hal Moore signing books at the American Veterans Center's 2008 Conference

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One Comment on “Quote of the Day”

  1. po1usn Says:

    We did have leadership in VN as evidenced here. What we lacked was honest leadership from DC.


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