The 2002 film We Were Soldiers was based on the true story of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. The Americans were new to the country, and a US battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson) is drawn into a trap that leads to an extended bloody battle. While some details of the story were changed for the film, the result is a movie that captured the realism of the Vietnam War better than those that came before. If you've seen We Were Soldiers, you'll want to find out some of the offscreen trivia about the movie.
10. One of the original soldiers that survived perished in the 9/11 attack.
Lieutenant Rick Rescorla was the head of security for Morgan Stanley. He died while making sure that all the company’s employees were evacuated from the building.
9. There were Vietnamese actors in the film that had been in the North Vietnamese army.
The feelings this movie brought back had to have been extremely intense, not to mention it must have brought up a lot of memories.
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