Twelve-year-old Maxwell Carlisle has read "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young" twice and he's seen the movie based on the book at least 10 times.
The Faith Middle School student is such a big fan of retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway's 1992 best selling memoir that his father, Lt. Col. Tom Carlisle, let him miss a couple of hours of class this morning to attend a book signing at the Infantry Hall PX.
Moore and Galloway were on hand to autograph copies of their sequel to "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young," from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. By 10 a.m. there was already a line of eager fans waiting forming outside the PX. By 12:20 p.m., all but 11 of the 200 ordered copies had been sold.
"We Are Soldiers Still" tells of Moore and Galloway's return trip to the Ia Drang Valley, 28 years after two of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War played out at Landing Zones X-Ray and Albany. This time, the general and journalist were accompanied by 10 American veterans of the November 1965 battles and two commanders of the Peoples Army of Vietnam-North.
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Carlisle said he can't wait to get home and start reading "We Are Soldiers" and said he's hoping he'll enjoy it as much as he did their first book.
Moore and Galloway will be at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
To view pictures of today's book signing, please see military reporter Lily Gordon's blog at www.lily-writes.blogspot.com.
Also, check out tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.