American Fire Technologies’ Shipping Manager, aka, SP/4 Garry Dunlow – RTO (radio man) recently attended the “1st of the 7th CAVALRY” – Nov 14-16, 1965 REUNION in Branson, Missouri. This reunion, May 3-4, 2013, commemorated 48 years after the battle of IA DRANG, LZ X-RAY, Vietnam. Once each year the survivors of the “Battle of IA DRANG” gather to reminisce and enjoy the company of fellow comrades, friends, and brothers, and to honor the battle’s 305 fallen soldiers. The “Battle of IA DRANG”, one of the first significant and bloodiest of the Vietnam War, was the subject of both book, We Were Soldiers Once and Young – written by General Hal Moore & API Reporter Joe Galloway, and film We Were Soldiers – starring Sam Elliot and Mel Gibson. During this year’s weekend long event the veterans visited a local military museum and attended numerous live performances & recognitions at local venues. One comrade, Vernon Harris, that the alumni had lost contact with since Vietnam attended this year’s event. Also in attendance were some of the active duty “1st of the 7th Cavalry” soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas. These soldiers, travelling on their own time and at their own expense, presented the “1st of the 7th CAVALRY – Nov 14-16, 1965” with a heartfelt certificate of honor and recognition. Click here for highlights and video (including real Vietnam photos) of this years event. American Fire Technologies is proud of its veterans and of all U.S. military servicemen and women currently serving and those who have served. Thanks to them for their service!