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Are You a Non-Combatant?

I Recently watched the movie 'We Were Soldiers' -one of my all time favorite movies.  It is a true story that was written by the commanding officer Lt. Col. Hal Moore and UPI correspondent Joe Galloway, a journalist who was assigned to cover the first push of US soldiers into Vietnam.

Moore, played by Mel Gibson, is in command of the 450-man 7th Cavalry, who are dropped via helicopter onto a small patch of ground, tagged as “LZ X-Ray” in the Ia Drang Valley. Col. Moore, along with Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley, played by Sam Elliott, and the whole 7th, come head-to-head with over 2,000 North Vietnamese. Because of the new era of television, Joe Galloway (Barry Pepper) accompanies the calvary to capture the whole “dominating US operation” on film for the nation to see, firsthand.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the US ground forces are about to get overrun.  The next few scenes reminds me of how a lot of guys, myself included, respond to life. Joe Galloway is curled up on…