Another Badass Report:
On this day, Nov 14th, 1965, regular US forces and regular NVA forces met in the first major engagement of the Vietnam war. Portrayed in the book and movie “We Were Soldiers”, Col Harold Moore and the 7th Cav battled relentlessly in the Ia Drang valley. Of the 500 men originally sent in, 416 were killed or wounded. Many badasses were present in this battle, one standout being helicopter pilot Maj. Bruce Crandall who was awarded the Medal of Honor for choosing to fly in and out of a landing zone which had been closed due to extreme NVA fire targeting it. All through the night he delivered ammo and brought out the wounded at total disregard for his own safety. He made 22 flights that day and night all under intense enemy fire, and truly earned the Medal of Honor and was a true badass.
See more at http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/crandall/