While both sides did claim victory, it made President's Johnson approval drop from about 72% to 45%. Public American support for the Vietnam War fell away.
The South Vietnamese trust in the American Army had strengthened. This was the first major battle in the war.
South Vietnam and U.S.A. vs. North Vietnam
This battle was days, and it was about the U.S. trying to stop the spread of communism. It also was a way for the U.S. to test its new mobility tatics. Airlifting was brought in this war.
Days long Battle
Of the U.S. army, the 7th and the 5th cavalries were involved. Overall, there were including those, about 1,000 U.S. cavalry soldiers.
200 men dropped November 14.
It was the beginning of the U.S artillery bombardment of Ia Drang.
They were in Bravo Company.
The entire battalion had arrived by the afternoon of the first name. There were 47 injured men on that day. The 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry was led by Lt. Col. Hal Moore. They were also attacked a lot through the night. The second day was more intense than the first.
The American Army says to have killed the North Vietnamese in a 10:1 of Americans who died.
This battle is the one from the movie We Were Soldiers. It is based on the book by Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway.
499 American killed, missing, and wounded.
1,070-1,753 North Vietnamese killed.
One of Joseph Galloway's photos from the Battle of Ia Drang Valley.
Battle of Ia Drang Valley
This is about the Battle Ia Drang Valley in the Vietnam War.