A Vietnam veteran has recounted experiences of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Landing Zone Albany in a book titled "The Ghosts of the Green Grass."
Jesse L. Bud Alley and seven other soldiers were part of the unit when it was established at Fort Benning and sent to the jungles of Vietnam on July 1, 1965. As part of an air assault unit, Alley gives a first-person account of a battle the unit faced with 1,125 North Vietnamese Regulars on Nov. 17, 1965.
The battle left 155 U.S. soldiers dead and 134 injured. According to Alley, it was one of the single worst casualties of the Vietnam War suffered by one unit in one day in the Ia Drang Valley.
The book is released on the 50th anniversary of the President Lyndon Johnson's order to increase American troops in Vietnam. Alley and members of the unit will be at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center where he will be signing copies of the book from 2 to 5 p.m. today. It's open to the public.
In history, the 7th Cavalry was Gen. George Custer's unit in 1876.