Joe Galloway earned his spurs as a award winning newspaper reporter during the Vietnam War. His New York Times best-selling book, co-written with LTG Hal Moore, USA (ret), “We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam” is considered a classic in military history. He joined ALL MARINE RADIO to discuss his career and his newly released book entitled “They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of our Vietnam Veterans” as well as his thoughts on the Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War” (which Joe consulted on) and finally, watching the nation disregard the lessons learned in Vietnam and go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bronze Star with Combat “V” device: On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with the Bronze Star with “V” Device. The medal was in recognition of his heroism on November 15, 1965, during the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle by U.S. and North Vietnamese troops in the Vietnam War. Galloway was present as a journalist. During the fighting, he risked his own safety to assist wounded soldiers. His actions are depicted in the film We Were Soldiers in which he is portrayed by actor Barry Pepper.