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David Sue English 102-EB A Thematic Analysis of We Were Soldiers We Were Soldiers , based on Hal Moore's experience at the Battle of Ia Drang, takes place in Vietnam in 1965. The film follows Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore, Sergeant Major Basil Plumley, and the men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. We Were Soldiers is rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence and for language. The film opens with a violent massacre of a French platoon in Vietnam. This scene sets the pace for the rest of the film with its bloody images and intense action. After the Vietnamese commander orders the deaths of all the foreign intruders, the film cuts to America to show Hal Moore and his men, training with each other and cherishing their last days with their families. The day before their departure, Lt. Col. Hal Moore delivers a touching speech to his men and their families, promising that "(he) will be the first one to set foot on the field, and (he) will be the last to step off." The 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry is then deployed against an unknown number of enemies in an unknown location. What ensues is a veritable blood bath. The Americans are outgunned and outnumbered, cut off from the rest of the U.S. Military for most of the film. Joseph Galloway is then introduced as a key character. A member of the media, at first he simply takes photographs and interviews soldiers. Not long into the conflict, however, changed by the bloodshed and cruelty of battle, Galloway takes up a rifle and becomes a member of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. While the fight is taking place on the other side of the world, the film also portrays Julie Moore in her difficult job of delivering news of death to the wives left
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behind. While she consoles and commisserates with the widows, she dreads the day that she will receive the letter saying her husband will not be coming home. Sue 2 After days of conflict, Hal Moore finally establishes contact with the U.S. Military and immediately orders an air strike. While the strike saves them from being overrun, some of his own men are caught in the napalm and are killed. With the air support, Hal Moore then charges the enemy's position, taking them by surprise and forcing them to evacuate. With the battle won, Hal Moore and his 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry are then
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