AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Harold "Hal" Moore has died at his home in Auburn, according to a release from the Fort Benning Military Base.
Moore, who was two days from celebrating his 95th birthday, was said to have suffered a stroke last week, according to Opelika-Auburn News.
Moore is best known for his actions at the Battle of Ia Drang where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. Moore's Battalion was heavily outnumbered and surrounded by North Vietnamese forces during the week-long battle.
Fort Benning's summary of Moore's actions during the battle read as:
His actions in the Battle of Ia Drang were later reflected in the movie 'We Were Soldiers' in which Moore was portrayed by actor Mel Gibson.
Prior to his actions in Vietnam, Moore graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and then commanded a battalion in the newly formed air mobile 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning.
Moore was born in Bardstown, Kentucky on Feb. 13, 1922. He served in the U.S. military for 32 years.