'We Were Soldiers' Vietnam veteran dies in Auburn at 94


Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. "Hal" Moore, the man who saved most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, died at his home in Auburn. He was 94.

Moore was best known for his actions at the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang, where he was a lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, according to The Associated Press. His actions were later reflected in the movie "We Were Soldiers" in which actor Mel Gibson portrayed Moore. 

A few months ago Gibson, who had become friends with Moore, and Vince Vaughn traveled to Auburn to visit Moore, according to The Opelika-Auburn News.

Many of Moore's family members, including his five children, were in Auburn this weekend to celebrate what would have been his 95th birthday on Monday.

Funeral services have yet to be announced.

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