Friday, May 23, 2008

Dr. Francis Wilton Reichelderfer 1895-1983

Frank W. Reichelderfer joined the Naval Air Service in World War I after graduating from Northwestern and studying meteorology at Harvard. He became a weather forecaster despite earning his pilot's wings in 1919.Weather forecasting became an important tool for aviation during the 1920s and '30s. Its application in this area gained in importance after Francis W. Reichelderfer was appointed chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1939. Reichelderfer had previously modernized the navy's meteorological service and made it a model of support for naval aviation.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lt Gen Harold Gregory 'Hal' Moore 1922-2017

Lt. General Hal Moore is a Kentucky native and 1945 graduate of West Point, he completed advanced studies at George Washington University and Harvard University.

He led two infantry companies in the Korean War. In Vietnam, he led an infantry battalion and brigade in numerous battles. His senior level leadership experience includes Commander of Ft. Ord, CA, an Army division of 17,000 men in Korea; and policy-making and management in the Pentagon for all U.S. Army personnel actions. General Moore earned several awards for Valor, the Purple Heart, and two Combat Infantry Badges. He is a Master Parachutist who pioneered skydiving in the late 1940?s. In two wars he never lost a man P.O.W. or M.I.A. General Moore's book We Were Soldiers Once...And Young, describes the actions of Moore's Seventh Cavalry, faced with near certain annihilation. In November 1965, in a small clearing in Vietnam called Landing Zone X-Ray, Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 450 troopers of the 7th Cavalry locked in decisive combat with 2,000 enemy soldiers. This 3-day fight, one of the most savage in U.S. history, was the first major battle of the Vietnam War between the U.S. and North Vietnamese Regulars. We Were Soldiers Once...And Young, was a 1992 New Times number one best seller. How these men persevered and never gave up-makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. It has been described as the best account of infantry combat and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War. The movie, We Were Soldiers, was based on the book, It portrays Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson) and the soldiers of the Seventh Cavalry in the x-ray battle.