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Colonel Tony Nadal – Lecture on the Battle of #IaDrang

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COL Nadal delivering his lecture (Author’s Photo)

On Monday, November 16, 2015, I attended a lecture by retired United States Army Colonel Ramon “Tony” Nadal at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. Fifty years previously – November 14-16, 1965 – Nadal was a Captain and a company commander in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Ia Drang.

Colonel Nadal was Medal of Honor recipient Joe Marm‘s company commander, and himself received the Silver Star for his own heroism during the battle. My interview with Joe Marm was broadcast as part of the November 14, 2015 edition of Their Finest Hour on Vigilant Liberty Radio.

The below recording is unedited. I hope you find it interesting.

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#TFH on #VLR 11/21 – @AHMalcolm on Politics, Colonel Tony Nadal on #IaDrang

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayTheir Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! Please come join the program in VLR’s chatroom, or listen using the other show players you’ll find on the site, or direct over on Spreaker (or on their mobile device apps)! You can also use the #TFH hashtag on Twitter to interact with the program while I’m live!

Andrew Malcolm (Photo: Twitter)

First up this evening, I have a great conversation I recorded on Friday, November 20 with Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) of Investor’s Business Daily. Andrew, a.k.a “The Prince of Twitter” (per Ed Morrissey!), has decades of political reporting experience and is always entertaining and knowledgeable. I’m sure you’ll find our conversation interesting. Andrew’s writing at IBD is also a can’t miss, and he’s a great supporter of “new media” with his own experience that bridges genres and media delivery since the 1960s.

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Colonel Tony Nadal (Allan Bourdius)

Then, to follow up on last week’s show and my conversation with Medal of Honor recipient Joe Marm, on Monday, November 16 I attended a lecture given at Washington and Jefferson College by Marm’s company commander, Colonel Ramon “Tony” Nadal. I’ll be playing content that I recorded during that lecture to expand on the story of the Battle of Ia Drang from last week.

I’ll probably fill in some of the gaps with some open phones, so tune in!

10E/9C/8M/7P – talk to you then!

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#TFH on #VLR 11/14 – #IaDrang50, #ParisAttacks, Open Phones

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayTheir Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio TONIGHT at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific in its new Saturday night time slot! Please come join the program in VLR’s chatroom with embedded show player! You can also listen using the other show players here on the site, or direct over on Spreaker (or one of their mobile apps). You can also interact with the program using the #TFH hashtag on Twitter.

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Colonel Joe Marm (Wikimedia Commons)

The Saturday “relaunch” of TFH will get the program “back to basics” as it were. I will be recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, November 14-18, 1965, which was the first time American forces faced off against the People’s Army of Vietnam in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The highlight of tonight’s show will be my interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Joe Marm, who graciously gave me some of his time on Friday, November 13, 2015. We’ll also hear the stories of the two other Ia Drang Medal of Honor recipients, Bruce Crandall and Ed Freeman, other high valour award recipients, and other historical aspects to the battle, including the fight at Landing Zone (LZ) “Albany” – which many don’t know about as it didn’t make it into the movie We Were Soldiers. There’s even a connection between the Ia Drang and September 11, 2001 that everyone should know.

Then, I’ll be discussing the latest on Friday, November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, reportedly at the hands of the Islamic State. We’ll recap the latest news, probably get a little bit Churchillian, and talk about the possibility of parallels between our current situation in the Middle East and Vietnam of fifty years ago.

IMG_6696I’ll also open up the phones at some point, so listen for call in instructions! I’ve even got some new show music from Breakaway Patriot and Gareth Emery!

It all starts at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific TONIGHT. Please tune in!

And here’s the replay! The interview with Colonel Marm was fantastic, as well as the rest of the show!

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Second Lieutenant Walter J. “Joe” Marm, USA (November 14, 1965)

Today – November 14, 2015 – marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, November 14-18, 1965. This was the first major action of the Vietnam War which saw American forces fighting the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), also known as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) rather than the Viet Cong guerillas.

1st Cavalry Division patch

Ia Drang was the first time the United States Army‘s new air assault tactics as implemented in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) were really put to the test, and tested they were. The fighting during the first three days of the battle ultimately produced three Medal of Honor recipients and three recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross. At a critical juncture of the first day of fighting at landing zone (LZ) “X-Ray” in the Ia Drang Valley on November 14, 1965, a platoon leader in Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry rose up and attacked alone in front of his pinned-down troopers.

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Major Bruce P. Crandall & Captain Ed W. Freeman, USA (November 14, 1965)

Today – November 14, 2015 – marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, November 14-18, 1965. This was the first major action of the Vietnam War which saw American forces fighting the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), also known as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) rather than the Viet Cong guerillas.

1st Cavalry Division patch

Ia Drang was the first time the United States Army‘s new air assault tactics as implemented in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) were really put to the test, and tested they were. The fighting during the first three days of the battle ultimately produced three Medal of Honor recipients and three recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross. Two of the Medal of Honor recipients were helicopter pilots who maintained the critical airborne lifeline between the soldiers fighting on the ground and their bases to the rear. Their names were Major Bruce P. Crandall and Captain Ed W. Freeman.

Continue reading Major Bruce P. Crandall & Captain Ed W. Freeman, USA (November 14, 1965)

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