The movie, We Were Soldiers, records the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965, and is based on a book written by Lt. General Hal Moore and reporter Joe Galloway: We Were Soldiers Once…And Young. Both men were at the battle.
Lt. General Hal Moore was ordered to lead his Air Cavalry battalion of four hundred men to fight the attackers of an American air base. Army intelligence had no idea how many Vietnamese soldiers they would encounter. Moore and his men landed in the “Valley of Death” and learned they were in the middle of a division of North Vietnam Army soldiers, four thousand strong. The battle lasted over two days.
During the second day, the North Vietnamese soldiers overran the battalion’s position. Fighting was hand to hand. Sergeant Major Basil Plumley walked through the action with a pistol in hand. He looked down and saw Joe Galloway, the reporter and photographer assigned to the battalion, lying on the ground.
“You can’t take any pictures from down there, sonny,” said Sergeant Major Plumley, throwing an M-16 rifle at the reporter.
“I’m a non-combatant,” replied Galloway, holding the rifle.
“Ain’t no such thing today,” said Plumley and walked away.
Although a non-combatant, Galloway fought that day.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray we American believers understand that we are in a time of war, not peace; and that there is no neutral position for non-combatants in spiritual battles. (Based lightly on Ecclesiastes 3:8)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
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