Sky Soldiers by Larry Selman
November 14, 1965, 10:48 a.m. . . . The dust of the Central Highlands is in the air. Rotors swirling, the UH-1 Hueys of the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion deliver the first American troops into Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley.
As Lt. Col. Hal Moore and his men of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry secure LZ X-Ray, Maj. Bruce Crandall’s helicopter leads the take off to retrieve another lift of troops.
Within the hour, the first major battle of the Vietnam War will begin and Moore’s 450 men will be pitted against more than 2,000 NVA Regulars. But the 7th Cavalry has a lifeline for resupply, reinforcements, and medical evacuations: the Huey.
The helicopters will suffer bullet holes. Two won’t survive the return trip. Yet the battle will end in victory, establishing the Huey as the trusted mount of the Vietnam War and sending a message to the enemy: the Sky Soldiers were there to fight.
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PUBLISHER PROOFS - Resale, in mint condition
Sold out for several years, this rare Publisher Proof print is from an edition of 140 prints, signed by Larry Selman and including the autographs of 7 Ia Drang veterans: Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (separate card), SGM Basil Plumley (separate card), Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall, war correspondent Joe Galloway, 7th Cav. troopers Bud Alley (Silver Star), Bill Beck & Dennis Deal. Includes 7th Cav. pin, photos of Hal Moore and a color Certificate of Authenticity.
VICTORY EDITION - Resale, in mint condition
This hard-to-find Victory Edition print is from an edition of 160 prints, signed by Larry Selman and 5 Ia Drang veterans: Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall, war correspondent Joe Galloway, 7th Cav. troopers Bud Alley (Silver Star), Bill Beck & Dennis Deal. Includes a color Certificate of Authenticity.
- "Sky Soldiers" is hand-signed by a collection of heroes from the Battle of Ia Drang! Signers vary print by print. Please click "editions" to see which veterans signed which prints.
2nd Lt., 2/7 Cav., reinforcement at LZ X-Ray. LZ Albany survivor and Silver Star recipient. Author of "Ghosts of the Green Grass"
A-Co., 1/7 Cav., assistant M-60 gunner under Capt. Tony Nadal. Featured in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young."
"Old Snake" CO, A-Co., 229th AHB. 900+ combat missions. Medal of Honor recipient. Played by Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers.
Lt. in charge of 3rd Platoon, B-Co., 1/7 Cav., featured in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young."
UPI war correspondent Four stints in Vietnam. Awarded Bronze Star with "V" for Valor. Co-author, "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young"
Hal Moore (signature card included with Publisher Proof)
Lt. Col. in charge of the 1st Bn., 7th Cav. at Ia Drang, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, played by Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers.
Basil Plumley (signature card included with Publisher Proof)
Sgt. Major in the 1st Bn., 7th Cav. at Ia Drang, Silver Star recipient, played by Sam Elliott in We Were Soldiers.
- Several of the signers of "Sky Soldiers" appear in the celebrated film, "We Were Soldiers." Enjoy the trailer below.