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We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young is the story of the U.S. Army assault of the People's Army of North Vietnam in the Ia Drang valley in November, 1965. Rick Rescorla is the heroic soldier photographed on the book cover -- showing a brave platoon leader on November 16, 1965.

Fast forward to 2001: Rick Rescorla vice president for corporate security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co died on September 11, 2001 when World Trade Center Tower Two collapsed while he was evacuating people out of the tower.

We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young (paperback)

Another hero of the
Ia Drang Valley battle was Arlington Heights resident Neil Kroger, whose family lived in a brand new subdivision in Arlington Heights less than one year before the battle occurred. He was a Second Lieutenant in Charlie Company when he was killed holding the line against the North Vietnamese on November 15, 1965. All of the officers in his company were killed during the battle, where U.S. soldiers were almost overrun.

The Year is 1965 ...

President Lyndon Baines Johnson call for "Great Society" in his State of the Union speech. Results of the Great Society effort include the following developments in 1965: Medicare, federal aid to education and arts, and the establishment of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Malcolm X assassinated in New York.

President Johnson orders U.S. Marines into South Vietnam and Santo Domingo.Offensive actions authorized in South Vietnam.

In late October a large North Vietnamese force attacks the Plei Me Special Forces Camp. The North Vietnamese are pushed back toward the Ia Drang Valley by the 1st Battalion. The 3rd Battalion replaces the 1st Battalion and searches for the enemy for three days and finds nothing. The enemy is believed to be hiding near the Ia Drang Valley.

In early November Battalion Commander Hal Moore's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry is ordered to assault the Ia Drang Valley on Nov 14, using helicopters to ferry troops into the valley, 14 miles away from base camp at Plei Me. A three-day battle begins that marks the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the U.S. Army and the People's Army of Vietnam. About 450 U.S. soldiers are surrounded by thousands of PAVN in the battle.

Martin Luther King leads civil rights marches in Montgomery, Alabama and Chicago, Illinois.

Congress approves Medicare.

Congress approves Voting Rights Act.

Watts Riot in Los Angeles south central neighborhood kills 34. The riots starts with a police officer stopping a possible intoxicated motorist, a taunting crowed and a second back-up officer's use of his baton against the crowd. Tens of thousands of black Americans participated in the rioting. Police and National Guardsmen controlled the riot in five days. The Watts Riot is the first of several outbursts in the late 1960's nationwide.

Palm Sunday outbreak of tornadoes throughout midwest kills 6 in Crystal Lake (April 12). Fifty tornadoes also devastate parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio with a total of 256 deaths and 3,402 injuries (April 11-12).

East Coast power blackout to over 30 million in U.S. and Canada (Nov. 9). A single transmission line relay fails near Niagra Falls and causes a chain reaction affecting other electrical stations.

A United Airlines 727 Flight 389 crashes into Lake Michigan during approach to O'Hare. The crash kills 30. The cause of the crash of the 3 month-old airplane unknown.

Gale Sayers of the
Chicago Bears works six touchdowns, which brings his total touchdowns for the season to 24. Six touchdowns in one game ties the one-game record of Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals in 1929 and William "Dub" Jones of the Cleveland Browns in 1951. Twenty-four touchdowns in one season also breaks an NFL season record.

McDonald's goes public.

Moore's Law, observed by
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore states that the number of transistors on a semiconductor doubles about every 18 months while the semiconductor reduces in size by 50 percent.

The Sound of Music
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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