Agreed Mark. I attended a special Boston premiere of "We Were Soldiers" for 1st Cav vets, family and friends with my 1st Cav buddies who had fought in both of the Ia Drang battles. The film was introduced by General Moore's son, a LTC in the U.S. Army. It was a very emotional event to be there with those who had fought in the battle. You could feel the vets in the audience re-living the experience on the screen. When the film ended and the lights came up nobody moved for a very long time. Everyone was spent and drained and there were very many tears, hugs and knowing looks in the theatre. It was an honor for me to have been there with so many heroes whose story was finally being told.
In "after action reports" in the days and weeks that followed the consensus of the 1st Cav vets was that Randall Wallace had done an excellent job depicting their experience except for the ending which they said never happened and was pure Hollywood. They said that the NVA just melted away and that the Cav did "police" the battlefield which is when Rick Rescorla found the French bugle which the Cav guys believe came from French Mobile Group 1 that is shown in the opening of the film being ambushed and annihilated. The photo of Rick Rescorla on the cover of the book We Were Soldiers Once...and Young
depicts Rick during the policing of the battlefield. Another very sore point was that the film did not depict the even more horrific battle the next day at LZ Albany when the 2/7th was ambushed.
I posted this photo once before of Sam Fantino, Rick's RTO, holding the bugle. Sam is a great guy. he lives in the Chicago area. General Moore has the bugle now. It is destined for the Infantry Museum when General Moore makes his final jump.