One of the “young Soldiers” who fought with LTC Harold Moore at the well-known battle of Ia Drang in late 1965 was a lieutenant named Cyril Richard “Rick” Rescorla. He was British, the epitome of the young warriors that country had bred for centuries, already battle-hardened by time spent in Cyprus and Rhodesia at the age of 24. Rescorla came to America to join the fight in Vietnam.
LTC Moore called him the best platoon leader he ever saw. His troops loved him for his spirit and fearlessness. The night after an entire company of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry was virtually wiped out at Landing Zone (LZ) X-Ray, Rescorla’s company was ordered to replace them on the perimeter at the foot of the Chu Pong mountain ridge.