First Boots on the Ground by William S. Phillips
November 14, 1965, the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, 10:48 am…As the dry season’s dust waifs skyward, the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry, 1st Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), deploy from UH-1 Hueys of the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion onto Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley.
Lt. Col. Hal Moore leads his men as they secure the area and prepare for the arrival of his main force, 450 soldiers strong. Before the day’s end, the men of the 7th Cavalry would engage over 2,000 North Vietnamese Army Regulars in the battle that would epitomize the savagery of the Vietnam War and the bravery of the men who fought it.
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MAIN EDITION - Resale, in mint condition!
Sold out years ago, this extremely rare Main Edition print is from an edition of 800 limited-edition prints, signed by artist William S. Phillips and 5 veterans of the Battle of Ia Drang, all depicted in the scene: Hal Moore, Basil Plumley, Bruce Crandall (MOH), Bob Ouellette and Al Bosse. Includes 7th Cav. Regiment pin, 1st Cav Division challenge coin and a Certificate of Authenticity.
"First Boots on the Ground" featured editions hand-autographed by some of the heroes of Ia Drang:
Lt. Gen. Hal Moore
Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall (MOH),
Command Master Sgt. Basil Plumley