Galloway to appear on History Channel’s Vietnam in HD
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LOS ANGELES — Joe Galloway of Bayside, a former United Press International reporter will be featured in the History Channel’s, Vietnam in HD, which premiers Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.

The journalist was awarded a Bronze Star with V for Valor for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire at Ia Drang Valley,

The epic six-hour docudrama, will immerse viewers in the sights, the sounds and the stories of the Vietnam War in a way no other has done before.

In the early 1960s Galloway was a fresh, young reporter fascinated by accounts of the growing political and social turmoil in Vietnam.

“I was obsessed with reading articles by David Halberstam and Malcolm Browne… It seemed to me that eventually we would be in a full-blown war there, and I wanted in on the action… so I started writing letters to my editor, begging for a transfer to Asia.”

In the spring of 1965 Galloway got his wish, and proved that his intuition as a reporter was impeccable. As the first American ground troops began streaming into the country, UPI transferred him to South Vietnam, and assigned him to cover the blossoming conflict.

By November he would be in the midst of the first – and arguably most important – battle of the Vietnam War – Ia Drang Valley.

“As we drew near the landing zone I could see blinking lights moving in a stream down the slopes of the mountain. Dillon shouted that they were tiny lamps that the enemy soldiers had to light their way in difficult terrain. A lot more enemy were on their way! I sat there with my rifle across my lap, waiting for what was to come. I felt good. I now had a front row seat at a major battle, something I had been looking to find these last eight months.”

Embedded with the command unit of the 1st Cavalry Division, Galloway dramatically takes viewers into the center of the Ia Drang conflict. Through him we not only experience the drama and adrenaline of the moment, but also come to understand the incredible importance of the battle in shaping future policy, for the lessons learned here – such as the use of helicopters and the idea that success is won through body counts rather than territory – would become the blueprint of the war for years to come.

For Galloway, the battle at Ia Drang was only the beginning. He would go on serve a total of four tours in Vietnam – returning in 1971 to cover the Lam Son 719 invasion, in 1973 for the release of the POWs, and in 1975 for the fall of Cambodia and, ultimately, South Vietnam. Bouncing between the battlefield and the home front, Galloway provides a continuous thread throughout the entire Vietnam conflict, and becomes one of the most influential reporters of the period.
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